Top Number in a Time Signature NYT

86

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Time signature is a musical notation convention used to indicate how many notes of each note value occur within one measure (bar). Additionally, it shows which numbers correspond with quarter note values, which number corresponds with a half note, whole note, and eighth/ sixteenth notes, respectively, and which number represents which beat per bar. A time signature may also be written below the staff, as Henryk Gorecki used one with an empty key signature instead!

Lower numerals represent the number of beats per bar; small numbers indicate slower tempo while larger ones indicate faster ones; however, this convention need not always be observed; for instance, a single bar in 2/4 time could be played at any speed depending on its intended use.

Simple time signatures count only the lower number, whereas complex ones contain multiple rhythmic figures. Metric modulation involves changing a simple time signature into an irregular one by decreasing or increasing its number of beats.