time signature

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time signature

Music a sign usually consisting of two figures, one above the other, the upper figure representing the number of beats per bar and the lower one the time value of each beat. This sign is placed after the key signature at the outset of a piece or section of a piece
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After this point, there are some MMs that relate to the earlier MMs, but some that clearly do not, and some of those that might relate are probably too far separated by other movements to allow a proportion to register -- although the final chorus is, like the opening, an Allegro in alla breve, and it too has an MM close to the original 100.
These two, admittedly, can be related to each other, with one semibreve beat (MM 50) Of the alla breve fugue standing at a 3:4 ratio with one bar (?
in this faster standard way, or with an alla breve tactus if the music had more white than black notes.
The two semibreves in a bar indicates that this tactus was in alla breve.
A tactus of 2, 3 and 4 seconds corresponds respectively with Praetorius's alla breve ?
Norrington's rigorous intentions are apparent in the opening Adagio of the overture; the silent pauses are in effect ignored and after the grandiose opening the music lacks its usual patina of mystery, for this Adagio is alla breve, interpreted as double the speed of common time.