I figured it was time to do something a little more scholastic so I launched a probe into the mysteries of the time signature and I am now Wikipedia certified on this subject.
HOWEVER......what factors does a composer depend on to pick the "right" time signature?
I figured that was a real easy question until I found a piece written in 5/4. It is great. I love the phrasing. The piece can hardly be played any other way.
What's going on here?
Did the composer simply hear it that way or was 5/4 in vogue at some point in history?
Sure, even I can't miss a 3/4 waltz but 5/4 ??
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