the pattern of recurring strong and weak syllabic stress in speech. a recurring emphasis in the flow of spoken or written speech; beat; cadence; as the rhythm of iambic pentameter. metrical form. the planned recurrence of a motif, as a symbol or theme, in literature or in other art forms. adj. rhythmic; rhythmical.
(1) The pattern in time created by the incidence and duration of individual sounds; (2) used more loosely to refer to a particular rhythm, for example, "a dotted rhythm." rhythm & blues (R&B) A term coined in 1949 to describe the heavily rhythmic urban blues cultivated mainly by Midwestern African-American musicians.
The arrangement of beats and accents in a musical bar refers to rhythm. Along with melody and harmony, one of the principal elements of any piece of music is the rhythm. The rhythm of any musical work depends largely on a combination of the time signature, which indicates the number of beats or pulses per measure, and the tempo, which indicates how quickly or slowly each sequence of beats should be played. Rhythm is also contingent upon the accent given patterns of the beats in each measure and the subdivisions of these beats. Rhythm is also the distinctive grouping of sounds and silence in time based on the duration of tone, strong and weak stresses and other factors like harmony and melodic contour. Rhythm is normally regulated by meter or some other form of regular pulse like a heart-beat. Natural rhythms of the body help to determine what are considered fast, slow and medium rhythms including one's pace of walking and breathing. Rhythmic "tempos," accordingly, are relative, at least in part, to the rhythms of the human body.
is defined here, as the interaction of order and chaos, flowing, symmetry and asymmetry, improvisation and repetitive recurring patterns. Rhythm can be (1) seasonal, cyclical, periodic; (2) linear, with sequential alterations and durations; (3) display patterns that are more chaotic.
A continuance, a flow, or a sense of movement achieved by the repetition of regulated visual units; the use of measured accents. Rhythm: regular, irregular, and progressive rhythms; repetition of colors, shapes, and lines to create rhythm. Rhythm is the repetition of visual movementÑcolors, shapes, or lines. Variety is essential to keep rhythms exciting and active, and to avoid monotony. Movement and rhythm work together to create the visual equivalent of a musical beat.
a metered pattern of notes that sets the pace for a piece of music. In folk music styles, the presence of a particular rhythm may help to identify a specific musical genre. The meter of a song's text, or lyrics, may determine the rhythm that is used, and/or subtle nuances within a song's rhythmic structure. The rhythms in music played primarily for dancing are closely connected with the particular dance steps involved. In many genres, especially those such as blues and jazz that favor improvisation, vocalists and instrumentalists alike may perform "over the beat." This means that they use the song's established rhythm as a reference point so that they can toy with the timing for dramatic effect.
The characteristic sequence of footfalls and phases of a given gait. For purposes of dressage, the only correct rhythms are those of the pure walk, pure trot, and pure canter (not those of amble, pace, rack, etc.). [NOTE: Rhythm is sometimes used mistakenly to mean tempo; this usage is not consistent with the correct English definition of "rhythm" (per Webster), nor with its normal usage in the music world.
a general term used to refer to the position of musical events in time. It specifys the beginning of an event and the duration (how long it lasts). When events occur in alignment to a regular interval of time, a "pulse" emerges. These pulses may be grouped into beats and measures, commonly called a meter. However, rhythms may occur freely in time as well. In the following example, a longer note is followed by four even notes, then in a familiar pattern. See also the section on rhythm for common note values. click to play rhythm
A variable pattern in the beat of stresses in the stream of sound. Rhythm can also be defined as the sense of movement attributable to the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables. Although rhythm is sometimes used to signify meter, it includes temp and the natural fluctuations of movement.
the modulation of weak and strong (or stressed and unstressed) elements in the flow of speech. In most poetry written before the twentieth century, rhythm was often expressed in regular, metrical forms; in prose and in free verse, rhythm is present but in a much less predictable and regular manner.
the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats. included are the lengths of time in which notes sound and just as importantly the length of silent spaces between notes. Many styles of music are strongly associated with a particular rhythm.
are recurrences of stressed and unstressed syllables at equal intervals, similar to meter. However, though two lines may be of the same meter, the rhythms of the lines may be different. This is because while the meter of a line is identified by the pattern within each foot, the rhythm is accounted for by larger units than individual feet.
Rhythm is the arrangement of notes according to their relative duration and relative accentuation to form a pattern. The rhythm of any musical work depends largely on a combination of the time signature (timing of the beats) and the tempo (speed).
(1) The beat value or combination of beat values of the notes and accents in a given piece of music, musical phrase, melody, or note; (2) The underlying pulse created by the various musical and percussive instruments playing a piece of music; The beat.
in prosody, the actual number and distribution of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of verse of a given type when it is naturally spoken. (As opposed to the ideal or theoretical number and distribution as specified by the metrical form.) (See Meter.)
1. A regular, repeated pattern formed by a series of notes of differing duration and stress which give music its character. 2. A specific kind of such pattern; e.g., waltz rhythm, tango rhythm, etc. 3. The combination of the meter and tempo of the music.
"Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhytjhm compensates." The Kybalion.