Accent and Grouping Structures in the String Quartets of Béla Bartók Metadata

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  • Main Title Accent and Grouping Structures in the String Quartets of Béla Bartók


  • Author: Bocanegra, Cheryl D.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Dworak, Paul E., 1951-
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Chair: Bocanegra, Cheryl D.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Nelson, Jon C.
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2001-05
  • Digitized: 2007-07-12


  • English


  • Content Description: The music of Béla Bartók is defined in part by its unique blend of rhythmic vitality and inventiveness, and his string quartets offer a glimpse into a consistency of technique evident throughout his compositional career. Bartók's rhythmic environments are primarily metrical, but many of his rhythmic configurations are placed in such a way as to potentially override established meter. It is necessary, therefore, to institute an analytical means by which the delineation and comparison of rhythmic structures both within and without the metrical context may be accomplished. An analytical method using Timepoint Accent Structures (TAS) allows for the comparison of rhythms resulting from patterns of accent produced by pitch onset, dynamic stress, articulation or any other accentual factors. Timepoint Grouping Structures (TGS) delineate the number of timepoints present in alternating groups/blocks in a texture, thereby allowing for the recognition of patterning created by these larger groups. By applying TAS and TGS analysis, relationships of rhythmic equivalency, rotation, retrograde, complementation, augmentation, diminution, subset, superset, exchange, compression and expansion are clearly confirmed in the string quartets. In addition, symmetrical structures and arithmetic progressions are discovered. In many ways, Bartók's rhythmic organization mimics his procedures of pitch structuring.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Mode of access: Internet, via World Wide Web.
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  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Thesis (Ph. D.) -- University of North Texas, 2001.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-147).
  • Keyword: Béla Bartók
  • Keyword: music theory
  • Keyword: Timepoint Accent Structures
  • Keyword: accent
  • Keyword: grouping
  • Keyword: symmetry


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Bocanegra, Cheryl D.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 48133267
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc2820


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Music Theory
  • Academic Department: College of Education
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas