soul exists for something more superior
than to merely keep in uniform time
with the machine.
The real exactness in keeping in time
(e.g. with a metronome) is without a live expression, mechanical, unmusical.
Rhythm is the arrangement of proportions
of the slower and the fast rhythm.
as the poet holds his monologue or dialogue in a certain continuing
rhythm, the person reciting, however, for the sure comprehension of
the meaning, must make breaks and pauses at points where the poet could
show it with his punctuation; this way of reciting is also applicable
By observing the lengths and shortness, the melodic course in the passage becomes apparent; without observing these, every passage loses its significance.Beethoven
To understand music in its nature, you need rhythm of the mind, it provides knowledge, inspiration of heavenly sciences.Beethoven
What I have heard presented by Beethoven, was, with few exceptions, always free of force in tempo; a tempo rubato in the actual meaning of the word, as content and situation required, but without being the least reminiscent of a caricature.Anton Schindler
With Brahms an entirely independent rhythmical division interweaves the metrical, thought through and systematically, and reaches almost equal legitimacy, so that there is a clear shaped rhythmical beat beside and in the metrical.Adolph Carpé
But all academic music is played through metronomically, and thus, the true rhythmical art of classicism is taken from it.Liszt
is only the finest nuance conceivable of variations between movement
and time in every conceivable outline of shape at all.
this blind audience, the proportionality of harmonious development is
incomprehensible as far as technicality and tempo are concerned.
third, fifth and octave are called harmony, that is also the beginning
and the end, the ruling spirit of composing. That this is the real,
good, beautiful thing in composing - they all admit that, simply, because
they sensibly have to.
the mind is not captured by the power of expression, by the lively colours,
which only the harmonical person is capable of, then this mind is not
Only harmony can produce emotions.
In contrast, with all effort, nothing good can be done without adequate feeling. As soon as you bind yourself slavishly to the beat with your treble, the tempo loses its character, as all other voices must be carried out strictly to the beat.Carl-Philipp Emanuel Bach
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