What is a Hemiola?
Well, it is not a blood disease.
Nor is it a birthmark (see Hemangioma).
It is a rhythmic device in music whereby the meter changes briefly-
usually found where 2 measures of 3 beats feel like 3 measures
of 2 beats, or vice-versa. For more information, try this
Here is an example:
"And the Glory of the Lord" from Messiah
Watkins Shaw 1981 edition, page 16
Note the bracketed quarter notes (crotchets
for you English-types). That is a hemiola. Handel used them
all the time!
(although he wasn't the only one!)
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