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Old 08-09-2017, 03:31 AM   #1
NickMDal
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8th symphony beat

Hi. I'd really appreciate some help making sense of the opening measures of the 2nd movement. Happy to have a nephew with a new interest in Beethoven, so I'm really inspired to dig in. I've only taken very basic musical classes ages ago, and I don't play.

In the opening two measures, there look to be dotted 1/16 notes. Doesn't that make their durations each 3/32? How do 8 dotted 16ths (and an added single violin note) fit into a single 2/4 measure?

In the 7th and 8th measures, the notes are undotted, with an added cello dotted 16th. To me the rhythms sound alike, at least to my ears listening to Bruno Walter/CSO. What do the dots do and how do the notes fit in the measures?

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