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Rhythm of the Classical Era

by: Staci Strickland and Edd Benda

  • The rhythm is simple and regular
  • Infrequent changes of pace within a movement. 
  • The propulsion stems from rhythmic patterns in the accompaniment or from the bass accenting the beats while other voices play the off-beats. 
  • The music may alternate between different lengths of notes but it never strays from its general rhythm. 
  • Use of motifs was very common
  • The rhythm that was developed in the exposition was used throughout the development and the recapitulation
  • Changes of meter and some simple syncopated rhythms were used
  • Sudden accentuations on strong and weak beats/displaced accents
  • Rhythmic pulsation in the motifs which propels the music forward
  • Very Symmetric
  • Silence was used for effect


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