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Oscar Ortega



Joined: 28 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Jan 28, 04, 19:25    Post subject: time signature Reply with quote

I am composing a theme that could be a Danzón.

What is the time signature used for danzón ?

2/4 ?

Thanks,

Oscar
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Bob



Joined: 05 Oct 2003
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Location: Oakland, CA

PostPosted: Feb 1, 04, 23:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the Orquesta, we write it in 4/4, with the basic subdivision of the beat being eighth notes. In other words, clave is two measures in 4/4. All the charts and educational materials I've seen use this convention (e.g., the Latin Real Book, Rebeca Mauleon's books, etc.).

You could write it in 2/4 if you wanted. Some older Cuban music I've seen, like the Danzas Cubanas of Ignacio Cervantes, were written in 2/4, with sixteenth note subdivisions.

At a workshop I once saw Chucho Valdes write clave as one measure of 4/4, also using a sixteenth-note subdivision. Some Cubans may use this convention, but I've never seen it in any bands I've worked with.

I hope this helps.
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