Some notes on a theory of African rhythm advanced by Erich von Hornbostel

John Blacking


In an article on African Music written in 1928, Hornbostel offered an explanation of certain features of African rhythms which may puzzle Western ears. Until Hornbostels theory has been hammered out and proved true or falseor perhaps true and false, according to its application in different parts of Africaaccurate research into African music is seriously impeded.


Hornbostel, Erich Moritz von, 1877-1935 -- Criticism and interpretation ; Musical meter and rhythm -- Africa ; Xylophone -- Africa -- Methods ; Drum -- Africa -- Methods ; Dance -- Africa ; Syncopation ; Polyrhythm

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