time signature

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time signature
top: 2:4 time indicates two beats per measure
bottom: 3:4 time indicates three beats per measure

time signature

n. Music
A sign placed on a staff to indicate the meter, commonly a numerical fraction of which the numerator is the number of beats per measure and the denominator represents the kind of note getting one beat.

time signature

n
(Music, other) music a sign usually consisting of two figures, one above the other, the upper figure representing the number of beats per bar and the lower one the time value of each beat. This sign is placed after the key signature at the outset of a piece or section of a piece

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n.
a fractional designation given after the key signature in music, the denominator giving the basic note value for the beat and the numerator the number of such notes to the measure.
[1870–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.time signature - a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
alla breve - a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
Translations
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time signature

n (Mus) → indicazione f del tempo
References in classic literature ?
She played very well, keeping excellent waltz time and infusing an expression into the strains which was indeed inspiring.
I'VE always liked that version that Jersimy did on the Swindle soundtrack of Anarchy In The UK with a French accordion in waltz time.
Her album, Bric-a-Brac: A Collection of Musical Stories, Sentences, and Half-Words, is a compilation of various works she has created - meandering between lilting finger-picked folk songs, quasi-orchestral instrumentals, and theatrical piano tunes in waltz time.
The music is full of edgy syncopation, frequent time-signature changes and some conventional common and waltz time.
Nearly all the score is written in waltz time or variations on it.
Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," inspired by the Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night," is set almost entirely in waltz time and features the hit song "Send in the Clowns.
In five blended movements he explores the farthest reaches of despair, balanced against ironic rage, and savage satiric waltz time mockery, and apparently sublimely abrupt resignation.