Music Theory for Recorder: Rhythm

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Reading Time Signatures

YouTube Video: Music Theory Crash Course

Explains time signatures, beats, and simple and compound meters.

Meter - Simple and Compound

MP3 Playback

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Score and Audio File

Listen to the meters; not for playing along.

What are Tuplets?

YouTube Video: Basic Music Principles

Defines tuplets.

Tuplets: It's Complicated

YouTube Video: 12tone

More advanced application of tuplets and polyrhythms.

Intro to Tuplets

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Score and Audio File

For ATBG.

Hemiola!

YouTube Video: Drew Nobile

Defines hemiola - the shift in pulse from triple to duple meter (or vice versa) and includes examples in pieces of music ("America" from West Side Story and "Zamacueca" by José White). In this video the presenter uses the term 'straight duple' instead of the more common 'simple duple.'

The Hemiola

YouTube Video: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Defines hemiola, includes examples ("Concerto Grossi IV" by Geminiani), and describes its effect on a piece of music. Contains juggling.

Intro to Hemiola - SATBG

MP3 Playback

Score and Audio File

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A Guide to Rubato

YouTube Video: Josh Wright

The presenter approaches the subject of rubato using a Chopin waltz for solo piano, but the concepts can be adapted for both solo and ensemble recorder playing.

Rubato

CHOPIN Prélude 7

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CHOPIN Prélude 20

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Score and Audio Files

Here are two Chopin Préludes scored with lots of rubato.  The attached Sibelius scores demonstrate how intricate rubato is and how difficult it is to get a computer to sound like an ensemble of humans.