Second Waltz

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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2015

I have officially started uploading this year's show music. Hopefully I'll have a couple more pieces coming in the next few weeks. :-)

Pages 4
Duration 02:47
Measures 84
Key signature 3 flats
Parts 1
Part names Piano
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This is wrong. A Waltz is always in 3/4, not 6/8. Although 3/4 and 6/8 may sound alike when you ignore the bar lines and time signature, and they have the same arithmetic value, they are different rhythmically. In 3/4, each bar has THREE beats of crotchets, or quarter notes; whereas in 6/8, each bar consists of TWO beats of three quavers each. They are rhythmically distinct, and hence 6/8 can never be a waltz. Unless you ignore the rhythmic grouping of the written notes, you cannot even make it sound right -- i.e. you have to treat the second beat as prominent as the first in your arrangement, and just ignore the 6/8 and the rhythmic grouping, after which you'd be just treating the music as 3/4 and making your own life difficult. P.S. This is also why your harmonic structure is a bit messed up -- your 6/8 halved the length of the phrasing. Unless of course, you intend to just borrow Shostakovich and write something else. I mean, you've changed the base rhythmic and harmonic structure, both of which constitute the essence of the piece apart from the melody...
I found this in a Forum: What a waltz requires is triple meter; lots of time signatures other than 3/4 can create triple meter. Triple meter means only that we feel a recurring pattern of three beats. In the case of 3/4, the value of the beat is synched to the quarter note. This is largely arbitrary: the value of the beat could also be a half note (3/2), or an eighth note (3/8). 3/8 is, in fact, the most common meter for the waltz other than 3/4. A bar of 9 beats (9/8, most commonly, or 9/4) can provide three iterations of a three-beat pattern, simply because 3 x 3 = 9: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. If the musical phrases are regularly three iterations in length, then a 9-beat bar is perfectly elegant for notating a waltz; otherwise problems ensue, which is often the case since the phrases in waltz music (like most Western music) tend to favor lengths that are powers of 2. Likewise, a bar of 6 beats (6/8, 6/4) can provide two iterations of a three-beat pattern, since 3 x 2 = 6: 1 2 3 4 5 6. A 12-beat bar gives us four iterations, as it is just 3 x 4 or 6 x 2: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12.