Oh, no….not more about hemiolas!

Here’s an interesting blog article on hemiolas with explanation and examples.  This is part 2 of his article because I very much liked the example of a line from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s song “My Favorite Things.”

Have a listen.  My underlying drum beat starts and stays in 3/4 time.  The only thing I’ve done to emphasise the hemiola is to accent every other beat during it as if it were in 2/4 time.  After you’ve listened to it once or twice try counting 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 through the whole thing.
[audio:https://www.lewesvoiceworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/My-Favourite-Things-example.mp3|titles=My Favourite Things example]

Example 1
Example 1

4 thoughts on “Oh, no….not more about hemiolas!”

  1. Just as I thought I might try and get my head around this time/beat/rhythm problem I have, a curve ball is thrown in! I am back to sadly shaking my head like a nodding dog…….but am I nodding in 2:3 or 3:2 ? ( The entomology of hemiola is interesting though!)

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