Metric Malleability

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Metric malleability is the property by which many melodic or rhythmic patterns may be heard in more than one metric context or construed in more than one metric framework.

The figure above is an example of metric malleability, as this melodic sequence can “be felt” comfortably in either (a) 2/4 or (b) 3/4.

(London, 2004: 99-100)