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Topic: How to know # of measures?
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AuthorTopic:   How to know # of measures?
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posted: 10/26/2003 at 4:03:41 PM ET
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I love the site. Thanks for having this info!! I'm confused, though. How do you know how many measures to put in a cleff? Wouldn't this affect the timing structure as a whole, since you can just subdivide notes if you have, say, 4/4 timing? What is the theory behind the number of measures in a cleff?

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posted: 10/26/2003 at 9:08:08 PM ET
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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.

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