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Howard Goodall- Rhythm

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But the honest truth is that triple time patterns were always the offspring of double time. You can take even the most famous triple time tunes ever, and hear the underlying twos and fours in their DNA. The Blue Danube waltz, for example, sure enough goes "1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3" But you can also hear the binary operating system going on behind it. There are many ways of exploiting the subdivision of beats, but the simplest way of all is to have them on top of each other, so you have beats of different length happening at the same time. so you may start with these two bigger long beats, these "minims", and you divide them in half and you get four of these "crotchet" beats and then you divide them in half, and you get eight of these "quavers", and the smallest of all, down here, divide them in half, sixteen little "semiquavers". George Frideric Handel used this building block formula to great effect when he wrote an anthem for the coronation of George II, in 1727. A piece that's been heard in every British coronation since. The opening introduction overlays the smallest units, known as "semiquavers", with notes of exactly double the length, known as "quavers". The repetition of these quavers and semiquavers over and over builds and incredible tension into the piece. When the choir finally start singing, full majestic effect is achieved by having them sing in our slowest two units of time, the crotchet and minim units. Handel's Zedak the Priest introduction may change its chords, but the rhythm is pretty constant.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 55 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Views: 146
Posted by: natalialzam on Jan 21, 2014

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