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#beginquote# Well in a piece of music, you can have any number of measures you want. There really are no huge rules about mow many measures should be in a piece. But in theoretical terms, one phrase in a piece of music will typically have 4 measures, followed but another phrase which sort of answers the first phrase, it's called an antecedent and consequent relationship. Two phrases form what is called a period, and you can just have lots of periods. But while a lot of music does this, a lot doesn't. It's just a somewhat common thing, mainly used in formal (classical type) music. But it's up to the writer/composer to decide the number of measures, which can range between almost any number. #endquote#
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