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Re: Compound time signature style

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Compound time signature style
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:38:21 +0100
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Hans Aberg <address@hidden> writes:

>> On 7 Nov 2014, at 10:08, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
>> The question was when to use 4/4 and when to use C in a time
>> signature.  This is not related to the accent structure of the music
>> as much as it is to the century of its origin and the conventions
>> used in its respective music field.  Math does not provide answers to
>> the particular distinction this thread is about since the math behind
>> C and 4/4 is quite the same.
> The “+” notation I think is quite recent, possibly invented by Béla
> Bartók and Vinko Žganec for the description of Balkan meters. So the
> use of anything else than numerals is a modernity.

We are talking about the use of C for 4/4.  I doubt many people consider
that a modernity.

David Kastrup

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