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Re: Compound time signature style

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: Compound time signature style
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:38:07 +0100

> On 7 Nov 2014, at 11:38, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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.

In the compound time signatures “+” notation, that would be.

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