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Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator

From: Aaron Hill
Subject: Re: TimeSignature with note in denominator
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 08:21:40 -0800
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On 2021-11-15 3:30 am, David Kastrup wrote:
Not everyone picking 6/8 unambigulously wants to see this interpreted as
2 notes of 4. duration.  So forcing a particular duration expressing a
length not inherently specified is putting words in the composer's

I agree. 6/8 communicates precisely six eighth notes--nothing more, nothing less. While 2/4. might be a common conventional feel, it is not a hard-and-fast rule.

And correct me if I am wrong, but the problem you stated about 20 not being a duration (as Lilypond defines it) is that it is not a *singular* duration. For instance, all of these durations have the same length (moment) of 1/20:


Writing "\time 8/20" leaves one wondering how that /20 should be rendered if not as a simple number.

Writing "\time \musicFraction 8 \tuplet 5/4 { 16 }" lets the composer be explicit about the intention.

-- Aaron Hill

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