Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Not duple, not triple, but QUADRUPLE meter

A meter consisting of recurring groups of four pulses is called quadruple meter, according to The Harvard Dictionary of Music Fourth Edition edited by Don Randel.
It is often difficult to tell duple and quadruple meters apart, however, quadruple usually has a broader feeling. Quadruple meter is a four-beat measure which the beats are strong-weak-less-strong-weak.

For more information on the difference between duple, triple. and quadruple meters visit this.

UPDATE: Listen to Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' and you will find it is in quadruple meter....direct in 4 with it..it'll be fun!