Divisive rhythm


Divisive rhythm

In music a divisive rhythm is a rhythm in which a larger period of time is divided into smaller rhythmic units, this can be contrasted with additive rhythms, which are larger periods of time constructed from sequences of smaller rhythmic units added to the end of the previous unit. European metres are divisive. For example: 4/4 consist of one measure (whole note: 1) divided into a stronger first beat and slightly less strong second beat (half notes:12), which are in turn divided, by two weaker beats (quarter notes:1234), and again divided into still weaker beats (eight notes:1&2&3&4&).


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Additive rhythm and divisive rhythm — Additive and divisive meters. In music, additive and divisive are terms used to distinguish two types of both rhythm and meter. A divisive (or, more commonly, multiplicative) rhythm is a rhythm in which a larger period of time is divided into… …   Wikipedia

  • Divisive — may refer to: divisive clustering, a type of hierarchical clustering divisive rhythm Divide and rule This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you he …   Wikipedia

  • Rhythm — For other uses, see Rhythm (disambiguation). Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured in dance: an early moving picture demonstrates the waltz …   Wikipedia

  • Clave (rhythm) — This article is about the rhythmic pattern. For the musical instrument, see claves. Three of the four main forms of clave.   …   Wikipedia

  • Additive rhythm — In music, an additive rhythm is a rhythm in which larger periods of time are constructed from sequences of smaller rhythmic units added to the end of the previous unit. This is contrasted with divisive rhythms, in which a larger period of time is …   Wikipedia

  • Meter (music) — Musical and lyric metre. See also: Hymn meter and Poetic meter. Meter or metre is a term that music has inherited from the rhythmic element of poetry (Scholes 1977; Latham 2002) where it means the number of lines in a verse, the number of… …   Wikipedia

  • United States — a republic in the N Western Hemisphere comprising 48 conterminous states, the District of Columbia, and Alaska in North America, and Hawaii in the N Pacific. 267,954,767; conterminous United States, 3,022,387 sq. mi. (7,827,982 sq. km); with… …   Universalium

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • biblical literature — Introduction       four bodies of written works: the Old Testament writings according to the Hebrew canon; intertestamental works, including the Old Testament Apocrypha; the New Testament writings; and the New Testament Apocrypha.       The Old… …   Universalium

  • Cross-beat — This article is about music. For horology, see Escapement#Cross beat escapement. For cross beat tonguing, see tonguing. For the Christian media organization, see Cross Rhythms. In music, a cross beat or cross rhythm is a form of polyrhythm. Cross …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.