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This Week’s Challenge:
We’re playing it by ear this time! Here’s an excerpt from a piano sonata by Franz Schubert. I’ll tell you which one on Friday…no spoilers if you already know it! Listen to the audio and see if you can tell what time signature this passage is in. Hint: the actual beat unit value is less important than what kind of meter this is!
Post your reply and come back Friday, June 17th for the answer!
ANSWER for 6/6/22
This is the trio from the third movement of Schubert’s great Bb Major Piano Sonata, D. 960. The time signature is actually just a simple 3/4, but because the odd-numbered measures have a syncopation on the third beat, we have the effect of a hemiola. Two measures of 3/4 sound like a single measure of 3/2.
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Sandra Franklin says
3/4 , 3/8 or something in 3
6/8. It moves in threes but feels like 2s.
Aron Bernstein says
The hemiola moves between worlds 🙂