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Measure of time; arrangement of poetical feet; the grouping of beats into regular patterns. The organization of the rhythmic patterns in a composition are done in such a way that a regular, repeating pulse of beats may continue throughout the composition.
See more about meter in the Appendix.


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Trio Sonata in G major, I

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, "Feria"

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"

Meter, compound: Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 5, No. 9, "Gigue"

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, No. 9, "O thou that tellest"

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras, No 5, I

Meter, triple: Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 3, "Autumn"

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, III

Francis Poulenc: Gloria in G major, "Laudamus te"

John Philip Sousa: "The Stars and Stripes Forever"

Meter, quadruple: Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46, No. 1, "Ase's Death"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat major, K. 364, I

Aram Khatchaturian: Gayne Suite No. 1, "Sabre Dance"

Meter, shifting, 20th century: Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, Moderato

Dmitri Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 1, "Music Box Waltz"

See Also

[British] metre


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