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Topic: time signatures and beat counts
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posted: 8/5/2004 at 1:35:41 PM ET
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What is the essential difference between a song with a time measure of say 2/4 verses 4/4? I understand that there is 4 quarter notes per measure in the 4/4 and 2 quarter notes in the 2/4. But since the beat counting is the same why make a song with a time signature of 2/4 anyway. Why not just put it in 4/4. How does this change the music?


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posted: 8/6/2004 at 5:27:05 PM ET
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It really doesn't. Usually it is preference of the composer. I prefer 4/4 because you don't have as many measure lines and it looks cleaner, but that's just me. Style may play a part in it. Marches or dance like music often is written in 2/4, but is no hard and fast compositional rules on this.

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