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  • n. The articulation of two bars in triple time as if they were three bars in duple time.


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  • The original traditional Ukrainian text used a device, known as hemiola, in the rhythm (alternating the accents within each measure from 3/4 to 6/8 and back again).

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  • That's that hemiola, where you've got three notes, but you're playing them in the space of two beats.

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  • 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

  • The result is a whirling kaleidoscope of cross-rhythms, with prominent use of hemiola technique, in which two bars of a fast triple time become three slower beats.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez take their freaky instruments six-string baritone ukulele and mutant bass guitar on the road for this smash-and-grab video of a pounding piece of hemiola-ridden art rock about emotional claustrophobia.

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  • Reb for the link): "L'Orchestra du Roi Soleil, Raymond Scott, Sibelius, Mozart, The Beach Boys 'song In My Room, and the gravicèmbalo col piano e forte all make appearances in Cadaver Dogs, as well musical terms like hemiola and tactus."



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