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re: Jesse Green’s comment on “The Miller’s Son.”
Last Edit: Chromolume 10:28 pm EDT 08/12/22
Posted by: Chromolume 10:28 pm EDT 08/12/22
In reply to: re: Jesse Green’s comment on “The Miller’s Son.” - EvFoDr 10:07 pm EDT 08/12/22

Chromolume here lol. :-)

It may not all be "literal" triple meter as notated on the page, but the accompaniment in those 2/4 sections is actually based in pattens of 3's (Follow the "thumb melody" in the right hand part which is in a 3+3+2 eighth note pattern - and the iambic rhythm in the left hand which is also based on a 3/8 pattern). There's just about always a "sense" of 3 somewhere.

The one piece that is not in any sort of 3 feel is the Underscore music #22, which I understand was written early on, before Sondheim had really established the idea of everything being based in 3 - but it stayed in anyway.

There are short moments in one refrain of "The Glamorous Life" that are in 2/4 (when first sung by the Liebeslieders), feeling like a sort of syncopation. But the same melody is first established in straight 3/4 time, so I think we can chalk the 2/4 parts up to simply being a fun variation. I don't think Sondheim would have made a significant deal out of it. Plus, ya gotta break the rules occasionally lol.
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