Bar (music)
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1. Terminology

Time in the context of music theory means the grouping of a defined, in principle either even or odd number of beats in a unit of time, which since the 17th century has been marked visually by a bar line. It is very closely connected with rhythm, providing the stable basic framework for its individual elaboration, and comprises at least one up-beat and one down-beat (Metrics). The grouping of beats in a bar th…

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Knoth, Ina, “Bar (music)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 25 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028639>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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