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R H YT H M, which is the soul of the Chant, is a compound of several elements. It may be defined as the " flow and ebb of musical sound." But musical sound itself is not simple but compound.
A Musical sound is made up of: 1. MELODY, or pitch, for a note may be high or low;
2. QUANTITY, or duration, for notes
may have different lengths, and passages may be quick or slow;
3. INTENSITY, for notes may be strong
or weak, and passages may be qualified by crescendo or decrescendo;
4. QUALITY, for there are the varying
tone-colours of the different vowels and of individual voices.
The most important element of musical sound in relation to Rhythm is that of