Grove’s Dictionary of Music states, “Rhythm is an essential part of all primitive music…every folk song has a distinct rhythmical character … modern music would be meaningless and chaotic, and a melody would cease to be a melody, could we not plainly perceive a proportion in the length of phrases”.
The intricacies and fine points of the study of rhythm are carefully explained by the author in the following pages of his “Students Manual of Music Rhythms.” Naturally, the study of rhythms is one of the most important phases in the development of any young musician who is sincere in his attempt to solve the problems of the correct interpretation of music.
Mr. Vanasek’s “Manual” contains eighteen complete and concise lessons in rhythm, analyzing all forms from the simplest of meters to the most complicated modern syncopations. The purpose of the work is to enable the student to play his music at the correct tempo.
In addition, there is a glossary of musical terms at the back of the book which defines the unfamiliar foreign. phrases pertaining to the interpretation of rhythm in music. The Music Vocabulary should be memorized carefully – for the terminology of music is like a plane to a carpenter – a good tool, which must be mastered if the student desires to become a good technician.
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