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Fw: 4-4 time music

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Larry Cox (L_J_Cox)
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 10:43:56 -0700

-Subject: Re: 4-4 time music

>Forgot to mention -- Some tunes can be played in 4/4 slowly, but when
>up they become 2/2. It's not just a question of how fast -- it's a matter
>whether the bar has a feeling of 4 (with the 1st & 3rd beats having primary
>2ndary stress) or a feeling of 2 (with only the 1st beat being stressed).
>Marches are in cut time, with the 1st beat stress (left foot) and the 2nd
>unstressed (right foot):
> Dixie
> Washington Post
> Stars & Stripes Forever
> Semper Fi
> etc.
>But processionals, (another kind of walking music) like Pomp & Circumstance
>(the tune they always play at graduations) are in 4: they're still left-
>right, but they're usually slower & more stately -- less peppy. The music
>usually played for the entrance & exit of the bride at a wedding is 2/2.
>to the Chief (played for the enof the President) is in 2/2, but it's
>not played too fast.
>Hope I haven't confused you!