Definition of Common time

1. Noun. A time signature indicating four beats to the bar.

Exact synonyms: Common Measure, Four-four Time, Quadruple Time
Generic synonyms: Musical Time

Definition of Common time

1. Noun. (music) A meter of four quarter notes per measure. ¹

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Literary usage of Common time

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"The more general case corresponding to (5) may be taken at once, whence, Two accelerations of the general kind may be compounded (using a common time t for ..."

2. The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music: Being a by Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Mass.), Boston Handel and Haydn society, Lowell Mason (1830)
"Compound time, however, may always be reduced to Common or Triple. 4. What is the difference between Common, Triple, and Compound Time? common time contains ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"For it is evident that a bar of what is generally called common time may just as well be ... Viervierteltakt) popularly called common time, par excellence. ..."

4. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1774)
"... fet to common time with due regard :o the accentuation, will yet by no means fall into its movements with the fame caie and Simplicity ; and when common ..."

5. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1889)
"For it is evident that a Bar of what is generally called common time may just as ... Л Л ___ А _Л The forms of Simple common time we have here described ..."

6. Infantry Tactics: For the Instruction, Exercise, and Manœuvres of the by Silas Casey (1863)
"The length of the direct step, or pace, in common time, ... common time. 3. MARCH. 103. At the first command, tho recruit will throw the weight of the body ..."

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