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  • GOSS9@telefonica.net

    GOSS9@telefonica.net May 30, 2006, 3:50 p.m. (Message 45422)

    Re: Reels and Hornpipes

    Tempo indications have no predictive value in this discussion in that 
    while RSCDS published reels are generally in 2/4 time, often their 
    source tunes are found in 2/2 or 4/4. The same can be found for 
    hornpipes, except for the 3/2 hornpipes already mentioned.
    
    As posted before it is not the time signiture that makes the 
    difference between a duple time tune a reel or a hornpipe, but the 
    syncopation. And even there it is the predominance of such that makes 
    the difference, in that a mostly really reel can have hornpipe 
    syncipation occasionally, as can a hornish hornpipe, have occasional 
    bars without syncopation.
    
    This follows over into the differench between single and double jig. 
    While they have the same tempo indications, most of the single jigs 
    have a syncipated 4 note rhythm (often shading into a hornpipe when 
    played by traditional musicians - and noted as such on occasions), 
    where the double jig has 6 notes to the bar. As in the above, this is 
    the norm, for a piece of music, and has nothing to do with the 
    exceptions occasionally found.
          

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