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  • Leonard G. Ratner


The interval of time between successive events, such as rhythmic pulses or peaks in a vibration pattern; commonly, a musical statement terminated by a cadence or built of complementary members, each generally two to eight bars long and respectively called ‘antecedent’ and ‘consequent’. A musical period has been compared with a sentence, or period, in rhetoric. Zarlino, in ...

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no. in Köchel, 1862; for items not in 1862 edn, no. from 2/1905 or 3/1937 given
Le choeur des muses
Musical Quarterly