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Old 01-19-2021, 07:59 AM
RitchieDark RitchieDark is offline
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Default Question on Dowland's time signatures

In the piece 'Can She Excuse'

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv8Fm2lXbNE)

the time signature is given as 3/4. However many bars, eg bar 5, make little or no sense unless read as 6/8. My edition is 'Dowland's Dozen' (Ricordi) by Chris Kilvington. The recording sounds as though the sections mentioned are played in 6/8 (without the accents?).

Does anyone have any info on this? Was it common for composers in Dowland's time to switch between 3/4 and 6/8 without indicating it?

Your help is much appreciated!

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Old 01-19-2021, 08:52 AM
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That's REAL common in Dowland, a contrasting pulse between the A and B sections.
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Old 01-19-2021, 08:19 PM
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Yes, so common there's even a name for it: hemiola.
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Old 01-20-2021, 08:14 AM
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Nailed it, thanks!
This link is pretty exhaustive -

https://douglasniedt.com/hemiola.html
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