Break Us Down and Make Us Whole
Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz (who lived in Prague and Jerusalem in the 17th century), notes that each group of sounds begins with a teki'ah, a whole note, proceeds to shevarim, a "broken" note, divided into three parts, or even to teru'ah, an entirely fragmented sound, at least seven very brief sounds. But each broken note is followed by a whole note, another teki'ah.
This, he says, is the message of Rosh Hashanah: "I started off whole, I became broken, even splintered into fragments, but I shall become whole again! I shall become whole again!"
Rabbi Arthur Green, These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life