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and descending scale, and see how many aspects it may assume under this treatment.
In the same way a simple chord-line can be manipulated.
There is, however, no matter in which restraint is more important than in that of rhythmic diversity. All manner of variety is possible, but, on analysis, it will be seen how reserved the best composers are. Whole movements will be constructed upon a single rhythm, others will present slight variations, few will show anything but great restraint.
When complications are introduced, they never occur once only. They are always corroborated by repetition. In this respect it may be questioned whether melodic line or rhythm is the more characteristic element of melody.
Many fine melodies are confined to uniform rhythm, e.g.,
Others display only slight rhythmic variety; e.g.,
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