This book is cited by many theorists and it has inspired a lot of further works including the well-known book "Note Grouping" by Thurmond. There is a German language public domain version available at https://ia600300.us.archive.org/10/items/musikalischedyna00riem/musikalischedyna00riem.pdf. However, there seems to be no English edition available anywhere, including Amazon.com. So, my questions are:

1) Do you know of anyone who owns a copy of this book in English who could share this in some way respectful of the laws?

2) How could we proceed in order to set up a crowd-sourced or crowd-funded effort with the aim of meeting translators and funders so a public domain English edition of this book can be released made available for all?

I would appreciate your input, guys.

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  • I was searching for the German version thanks so much :) – Wolf May 7 at 12:20

I'm not aware of any full English translation, but you may be interested in William Caplin's article "Hugo Riemann's Theory of 'Dynamic Shading': A Theory of Musical Meter?" published in Theoria in 1985. In this article, Caplin discusses Riemann's "dynamische schattierung," which was most fully discussed in his Musikalische Dynamik und Agogik. It's the closest you'll come to an English-language survey of the work.

Thankfully, you can read this article for free online here.

As for setting up a crowd-sourced effort to translate it, that's beyond the scope of my knowledge and of this SE. But if you're working on Riemann this seriously, I strongly suggest working on your German chops; but that's easier said than done, I know!

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