List of musical works in unusual time signatures  

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List of works in irregular time signatures.

Some examples of musical compositions or pieces in Western music are:

Contents

5/4 or 5/8

also known as "quintuple meter", grouped as either (3+2) or (2+3)

1 The theme songs from the M:I feature films (1996 and 2000) use 4/4 by repeating the first three beats of the bass line twice, holding melody notes during that period, and halving each note's duration.

7/4

septuple meter

7/8

septuple meter, usually 2+2+3

Steve's heavy guitar riff is in 7/8 while the band plays a solid 4/4 beat underneath

  • (1984) Theme Music from The Bill (featured theme music in 7/4 for many years until it was remixed. Another mix has subsequently been produced which again uses 7/4)
  • (1986) "Hello Radio" by They Might Be Giants
  • (1993) "The Munificent Seven" by Sting
  • (1993) "Saint Augustine in Hell" by Sting
  • (1996) "I Was Brought to My Senses" by Sting
  • (1998) "Dreaming Tree" by Dave Matthews Band
  • (1999) "Rendez-vous 6:02" by UK
  • (2003) Einstein-Rosen Bridge and Abomination Street by Venetian Snares
  • (2003) "Gravity" by A Perfect Circle (verses and choruses in 3+3+1/8, changes to 5/4 in the bridge, and finally to 4/4 for the final chorus)

10/4

10/8

(expressed as 3+3+2+2)

11/8

  • (1977) "Cygnus X-1" by Rush (parts, written in 3+3+3+2)
  • (1983) "Tink Walks Amok" by Frank Zappa (bass part is 4+4+3)

11/4

13/8

  • (1981) "Skimbleshanks" from Andrews Lloyd Webber's musical Cats
  • (1982) "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers. This piece shifts between a compound duple or compound triple (6/8 or 12/8) and a 13/8 signature.
  • (1992) "Thirteen" by Frank Zappa. Played as 4/4 & 5/8.

13/16

  • (2002) "Interlude In Milan" by Planet X

14/4

  • (1959) "Three To Get Ready" by Dave Brubeck Quartet from [[Time Out (album)}Time Out]] (two bars of 3/4 followed by two bars of 4/4, consistently through the piece)

15/4

Modulates to 15/8 & 15/16 as well

9/8

expressed as 3+3+3

expressed as 3+2+4

expressed as 2+2+2+3 (used in the Turkish rhythm karşılama)

14/16

18/8

expressed on guitar as 5+5+5+3 while drums play a steady 6+6+6

19/16

Expressed as a measure of 4/4 with three 16ths tacked on the end, or 4+4+4+4+3

Other




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