On the Comprehension of the Phenomenon of Musical Time in Vincent d’Indy’s ‘Cours de composition Musicale’

The interpretation of the category of musical time and the category of musical rhythm, connected with the first, reveals the specifics of artistic thinking in the boundaries of a certain epoch and in the field of the concrete national culture. Vincent d’Indy, who was famous through his negative view on the problem of meter in music, supposed making a return to the antique “free rhythm” (“rythme libre”) and building the “true art” (“l’art véritable”) on this basis. This article considers d’Indy’s conception in two aspects: an ontological (philosophical) aspect and a technical (practical) one.

Vincent d’Indy, musical time, musical rhythm, measure, meter