Definition of compound time in English:

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compound time


[mass noun] Music
Musical rhythm or metre in which each beat in a bar is subdivided into three smaller units, so having the value of a dotted note. Compare with simple time.
Example sentences
  • The irregular division of compound time is rare and notational ‘conventions’ are fluid.
  • The following example demonstrate the values of the notes in both simple and compound time signatures.
  • Unlike simple time signatures, compound time signatures do not directly show us the number of beats per bar.
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