Why is 3/8 common in Classical Guitar Music?

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Why is 3/8 common in Classical Guitar Music?

Post by twistedblues » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:49 pm

Why is the 3/8 time signature so common in classical pieces? You never really see it in folk, pop or jazz. I think it's cool. But why?

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Re: Why is 3/8 common in Classical Guitar Music?

Post by Martin » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:51 pm

It is the metre of the Waltz, a dance that became massively popular across Europe in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.

Any composer of the late Classical or early Romantic periods who wanted to earn a living wrote waltzes.

Fashion, basically.

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Re: Why is 3/8 common in Classical Guitar Music?

Post by twistedblues » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:24 pm

Thank you!

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