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Statistinė muzikos ritmo analizė. Lietuvių kompozitorių kūriniai styginių kvartetui.
Statistical Analysis of Music Rhythm. Lithuanian Composers' Pieces for String Quartet

Author(s): Edita Besasparytė, Darius Kučinskas
Subject(s): Music
Published by: VšĮ Šiaulių universiteto leidykla
Keywords: String quartet; rhythm cell; superiority coefficient; range correlation; cluster analysis.

Summary/Abstract: The article presents statistical rhythm analysis of Lithuanian composers' pieces for string quartet. Rhythm cells and pulsation, frequency, intensity and change of their constituent parts have been analysed. The results obtained have added to previously conducted statistical research data in the analysis of musical texts (Ambrazevičius, Kučinskas, 2010; Besasparytė, Kučinskas, 2011). The new obtained data have been compared with K. Kašponis' research results published in the monograph “Melody and harmony in Lithuanian music” (Kašponis, 1992). The research has revealed Lithuanian composers' features of rhythmics at the rhythm cell level and allowed to highlight some of the general 20th century Lithuanian composers' instrumental music features, rhythmic changes in chronological and gender aspects. The research has also confirmed other Lithuanian musicologists' insights on the diversity of rhythmic pulsations and its particularity in separate composer's cases. Lithuanian composers' pieces for string quartet are the research object. The research aim is to evaluate the rhythmic features, their change and differences in Lithuanian composers' pieces in historical (change in composers' generations), geographical (pieces created in Lithuania and abroad) and gender aspects by applying statistical research methods. Statistical analysis is the research method applied.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 8-18
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English