2/2 time signature example
Explanation of 2/2 time signature
In the article time signature, this is explained that:
- the top number indicates the number of time units in a measure (bar ).
- the bottom number determines the unit of time.
We can visually translate like this:
That is to say that there are 2 half notes (minims ) per measure and the unit of time is the half note (a beat corresponds to one half note):
1 half note (minim ) equals 1 beat.
2 quarter notes (crotchets ) equals 1 beat.
4 eighth notes (quavers ) equals 1 beat.
and so on...
Examples found in famous works
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No.4
The first movement Allegro non troppo from Symphony No.4 in E minor op. 98 by Johannes Brahms begins with a cut time signature () which is a shortcut for 2/2 time signature:
This sound sample is not of very high quality, but I think it has historical interest, because it was recorded in 1938 by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Weingartner (source, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license).
In this musical sample in E minor, you will notice the use of arpeggios and of an anacrusis.