3/2 time signature example
Explanation of 3/2 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 3 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
Sarabande and Variations, George Frideric Handel
Here is an example of a 3/2 time signature, with the musical work Sarabande and Variations in D minor from the composer George Frideric Handel.
3/2 time signature is classified as simple triple meter: There are 3 beats per measure (bar ) and each beat is divided by 2. The value of one beat is .
Bach, Prelude in E-flat minor, BWV 853
Prelude n°8 BWV 853 in E flat minor from book 1 of the well-tempered keyboard by Johann Sebastian BACH uses :
Royalty-free sound sample recorded by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka in 2015 (CC BY 4.0 license, source).
The fugue that follows this prelude is composed in the enharmonic key of E flat minor, i.e. in D sharp minor.