Time signatures for 51 measures of Stravinsky's "Sacrificial Dance" from Rite of Spring




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Published on Nov 29, 2012

Please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuHn6... instead - this video has mistakes in it (early version uploaded while I was still working on the feature).
This movement is famous for its rhythmic complexity and the large number of time signature changes, so I used them as one of the tests for the rhythm progressions feature in Bounce Metronome. Sorry this video has a bug, the 3/8 measures are played too fast, faster than the 2/8 ones. The program you can download plays them correctly. This is a preview I uploaded before the new feature was released.

The feature isn't ready quite yet but will be ready in a day or two.

The sequence of time signatures in this extract is:
2/4 3/16 2/16 3/16 3/16
2/8 2/16 3/16 3/16 2/8
3/16 3/16 5/16 2/8 3/16
2/8 5/16 5/16 2/8
3/16 2/8 3/16 2/16 3/16 2/8
3/8 3/16 2/16 3/16 2/8
2/16 3/16 3/16 2/8
3/8 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/8
3/8 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/8
2/8 3/8 3/8 2/8 2/8

You will be able to just paste this sequence of time signatures into the "Rhythm progression field" when the programming is finished. The feature is in Bounce already but needs more work, I found some bugs in it and have made several enhancements for this new version.

More about Stravinsky's work here:

Score along with the music:
Reconstruction of choreography of original 1913 performance which so shocked the audiences at the time (this section at about 5 minutes into the video)


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