Perception and Performance of Musical Rhythm

  • Alf Gabrielsson


Rhythm is often said to be the most fundamental element of music in any culture of the world (see, for instance, Gaston, 1968). In spite of this there is still very much confusion about the concept of rhythm, both on the empirical and on the theoretical side. Many rhythm phenomena have proved to be elusive for analytical and/or empirical approaches, and the attempts at theoretical explanations are rather limited in number as well as in scope. Most of the experimental research on rhythm does not directly refer to rhythm in connection with music — there are some outstanding exceptions, however. For historical reviews of rhythm research see Gabrielsson (1973a, 1979).


Sound Event Musical Training Mechanical Norm Motion Character Music Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alf Gabrielsson
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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