Posts about Medieval music
I've come across the concept of rhythmic modes and am wondering how rhythm works in medieval music. I know that rhythm back then was closely tied to poetic meter, and that it's not super well understood as notation wasn't as specific compared to today.
So far, I'm getting the impression that people thought of rhythm in proportions rather than time signatures, and that the system of the 6 rhythmic modes suggests that medieval music divides beats into 3 rather than 2 by default. But I'm still confused about how time signatures fit into everything with tempus perfectum/imperfectum, how they went about syncopations, and what rhythms were permitted/forbidden in the style.
Ultimately, I hope that learning about this subject will help inspire me in being more rhythmically creative in my compositions. Thanks for the help!