For classical music geeks only

As you can read on my About page, an epogdous in numbers (the ratio 9/8) is a whole tone in music. 9/8 is also one of Debussy’s favourite time signature (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Claire de lune, etc.). Even if the notational convention is not properly a geometrical ratio, 9/8 is a very strange meter to me. Nine-eighths time divides the measure into three parts of three quavers each, making it into a triple meter. But the same time signature can divide the measure into different parts, making it even into fractional beats (e.g. 4/4+1/8) resulting in music with an extremely irregular rhythmic feel. Take notes composers! ;]


About epogdous

I'm an italian student of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in Sapienza University of Rome. Dispite my scientific interests (which range from structural biology to immunology, etc.) I cultivate a deep passion for classical music and in general for musicology. As a teen I studied the flute but basically I'm a self-taught pianist and composer. I'm well-acquainted with the music of 1850-1950 era. I generally don't like to say I have preferences for some composer in particular but I can't deny that Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Ives hold a great fascination to me. I think that the common message of their music is the transcendentalist precept "low living, high thinking".
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4 Responses to For classical music geeks only

  1. Nic says:

    Oh my :O

    First time I see this, although meter is a combination of binary and ternary (2/4 and 3/4), this one (9/8) is quite strange.

    Of course, Debussy…

    Great post! Thanks!

  2. Matelad says:

    Noted, already on my mind as a promising ambition. I’ll see if I can write something in 9/8. Debussy inspired me more than once, so this isn’t a coincidence! Thanks for your wise advice. Cheers!

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