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    RODERICK JOHNSTON May 31, 2006, 1:20 p.m. (Message 45434)

    RE: Reels and Hornpipes

    This issue of time signatures goes across the board and doesn't just
    apply to reels and hornpipes.  The same occurs in maches 2/4 and 4/4.
    For some reason, I think purely due to the whims of the composer, many
    4/4 marches are written as 2/4 which when sight reading for the first
    time can cause an amusing moment.
      3/4 retreat marches are another source of confusion for novice
      musicians. I remember the first time I saw a 3/4 pipe march and
      played it as a waltz until I was suitably chastised.
      Rod Johnston,
    Fort Willaim 
    Patricia Ruggiero <> wrote:
      Thanks to John and Steve for, um, kinda sorta clarifying this matter of the
    time signature. At least now I know I haven't been misunderstanding some
    important and perhaps obvious fact about what 4/4 time means.
    > Incidentally, this business of confusing common (4/4) and cut 
    > time signatures isn't a new issue. Looking at facimiles of 
    > Robert Petrie's and William Marshall's tunebooks from around 
    > the turn of the 18th/19th century, reels in both collections 
    > are notated in either cut or common time, with no apparent 
    > reason for the choice of one or the other! -Steve

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