Defying Gravity: Tempo. Rhythm and Meter

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  • Defying Gravity: Tempo, Rhythm  and Meter
    • There are rallentandos used particularly at the end of sections to go from Allegro to Andante. Sometimes there are ralls followed by an a tempo. There is also a rall used at the end of the piece.
    • The time signature changes from 3/2 triple time to 2/2 duple time in the opening section and remains there until bar 88 where it changes to 4/4 quadruple time. At bar 115 it returns to 2/2 duple time.
    • ? Syncopation is frequent throughout (e.g. bars 67–70).
    • ? Dotted rhythms are used throughout. For example, in bar 82 on the word ‘gra-vi-ty’
    • Triplets are used. These are both quaver triplets (e.g. bar 96) and crotchet triplets (e.g. bar 60).
    • Rhythms are predominantly crotchet and quaver based, although there are some notes of longer duration particularly at the ends of phrases.
    • Rests are often used to break up phrases.
    • Each phrase starts with an off-beat entry after a crotchet rest (e.g. bar 15).
    • Pause marks or fermatas are used to lengthen and give freedom to longer rhythms, for example at the end (e.g. bars 174 and 176).


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