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When a piece is in "1"

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    Hi all

    looking at a piece of music in 4/8, when conductor says piece is in '1" does it mean that where there are 2 crotchets per bar they are to be played in 1 beat? so you feel the time as if it was 1 beat per bar? Specifically, I am looking at the opening bars in Bela Bartok Rhapsodie for violin & orchestra..

    Thanks for reading!
  2. WallBass


    Feb 24, 2011
    In my experience it means the conductor is only giving one beat per bar, so yes, it is felt as only one beat but with the smaller subdivisions, like 4/8.

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