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(ˌhɛmɪˈəʊlə) or


(Music, other) music a rhythmic device involving the superimposition of, for example, two notes in the time of three. Also called: sesquialtera
[New Latin, from Greek hēmiolia ratio of one to one and a half, from hemi- + (h)olos whole]
hemiolic adj


(ˌhɛm iˈoʊ lə)

n., pl. -las.
a musical rhythmic pattern of syncopated beats with two beats in the time of three or three beats in the time of two.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin hēmiolia < Greek hēmiolía the ratio of one and a half to one, feminine of hēmiolíos half as large again]
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Satie uses syncopated rhythms as he did with "Diva," but he uses ties, which makes the rhythms more like hemiolas.
The composer does not shy away from the complexity and diversity of Latin American rhythms, with plenty of syncopations, hemiolas, additive rhythms (as in 3+3+2), and meter changes.
Brahms's radicalism is displayed in his mindboggling (for his time) rhythmic complexities and his obsession with three against two and hemiolas.
hemiolas and the like, is, of course, far more intriguing than any reconstruction or revision.
Accentual inversions, cross-rhythms, hemiolas, and related rhythmic play are in fact fundamental to Faure's music in toto.
Aunque esta obra no es una pieza para ser bailada, algunos elementos del baile flamenco como el taconeo o el palmeo estan claramente representados por medio de agudos acentos y hemiolas.
Tambien es claro el vigor ritmico; Laird considera que los villancicos negros latinoamericanos emplean mas hemiolas y sincopas que los ibericos.
In contrast to these, the predominant metrical accent in the other correnti, which by default may be presumed to be Italian, is a lilting triple metre often with cross-rhythms produced by hemiolas at cadences (ex.
A performer needs to give hemiolas respectful notice for the listener's ease of understanding and enjoyment.
Her Set of Five far Piano is a wonderful collection of pieces that may be used to introduce an intermediate to advanced student to multi-movement works and 20th century techniques that utilize thirty-second-note triplet patterns, hemiolas (3:2), modes and improvisatory elements.
The pianist may need to be more advanced as the texture is quite thick and includes numerous hemiolas.
10-12, bridging 1P and 2P, and several later examples such as 2K, in addition to its hemiolas.