Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of two; double.
  • adj. Music Consisting of two or a multiple of two beats to the measure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Double.
  • adj. Having two beats, or a multiple of two beats, in each measure.
  • adj. Having two beats in each foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Double.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Double.
  • To double.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs

Etymologies

Latin duplus; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin duplus (twofold, double). Attested since the 16th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Conductors should mark the changes, and conduct them (beating the half-note, as much as possible); singers need only keep an even quarter-note pulse, whether duple or compound, and follow the natural rhythm and accentuation of the text.

    Introits for Treble Choir

  • Both musicians relished the dancing hemiola figures in the third movement, shifts of the downbeat between duple and triple groupings, and played with impressive bravura and accuracy.

    Music review: Zuill Bailey and Orion Weiss at the Kennedy Center

  • From a musical perspective, these were melodies written in minor keys, in duple meter, at times in the rhythm of a marche (in most cases, a slow marche), in strophic form.

    Hebrew Song, 1880-2000.

  • Certainly, the rhymthic structures are quadruple and duple (with the exception of "Hitler In My Heart" where we are given 5's and 7's), but within those thoroughly square and masculine rhythms, there is a litheness, a suppleness, a winding and breathing, a certain fluidity that is thoroughly feminine.

    Antony and the Johnsons--Quintessentially Queer Music

  • The primary difference in the Karp transcription (Vol. 2, pg. 206) and the Helmer transcription (pg. 243) is that the former is in triple meter and the latter, duple.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Actually, the Helmer score is notated in free rhythm, but a duple meter is suggested.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The final duple arrangement is ‘Classical Prosody’ and ‘Prosody and Period’ -- the latter worth the price of admission by itself.

    THE PROSODY HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO POETIC FORM by ROBERT BEUM & KARL SHAPIRO

  • Leaving behind the triumvirate, we enter into the duple meter of blank and, then, free verse.

    THE PROSODY HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO POETIC FORM by ROBERT BEUM & KARL SHAPIRO

  • What we know: it's something written by the date of the film, it involves at least one mallet instrument, and it contains at least 15 or so seconds of music in straight duple meter.

    L'Oiseau de Feu

  • For three voices, in duple meter, based on a structural duet of discantus and tenor with an added contratenor, and occasionally imitative, they display the usual characteristics of the genre.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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