This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII Rhythm,MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII Rhythm, Dancing, And Mus1c 1.
Ask adults and children to name the first ten nursery rimes that come into their heads. Observa-Note the rhythms. t1003 2. Compare the rhythm and time of tunes in your head with your heartbeat and breathing. 3. Notice what songs your children sing most spontaneously. 4. Ask what song they like best, and notice whether the liking is due to (1) Season, as Christmas songs. (2) Imitation. (3) Permanent interest. 5. Try to get song composition from some child or small group of children uninstructed in music. 6. Observe the spontaneous reactions of children to music with a strong rhythm. In going over the literature on rhythm we find various discussions as to its fundamental nature, whether it is Nature of inherited or not, and so on.
It is on the rhythm whole accurate enough for our purpose to say that rhythm is a dividing into parts by a regular succession of elements, whether they be movements, sounds, lines, colors, or what not. The division is marked by the first or last unit in the group being made emphatic in some way, while the others are unemphatic or unaccented- that is, they run along without attention being especially called to them.
The unaccented units may apparently have almost any characteristics, so far as their relations to each other go, so long as they have the same lack of emphasis, but the instant that one of them becomes more emphatic than the others the old rhythm is broken up, or else is complicated by a subrhythm within it. We do not even need to make the elements of a rhythmic group appeal to one sense, but can alternate sights, sounds, and movements, and it may be smells and tastes as well.
The accented unit may be made so in a great variety of ways. The most common, of...