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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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He includes straightforward ballades with only an occasional triplet, as well as relentless ostinati (a la "Linus and Lucy"), shifting Latin rhythms, hemiolic passages and some more challenging keys (b-flat minor, D-flat major).
Spencer pays lip service to the accentual possibilities of the hemiolic passages in many galliards and galliard-like settings, but apparently fails to grasp their significance (and in Campion's "Woo her and win her" the rhythmic play is not merely hemiolic).
Suddenly melodic peaks and rhythmic flourishes stand out in sharper detail, and, above all, the hemiolic pull between C and O results in a far more dynamic approach to phrasing.