What Is a Waltz Time Signature?


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Traditionally, the time signature of a waltz is 3/4. The bottom number indicates that the time signature is based around a whole note, and the top number indicates that there are three whole notes in each measure.

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What Is a Waltz Time Signature?
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Since the waltz typically has three beats per measure, the time signature can theoretically be written in a complex form, such as 6/8, 3/8, 6/4 and other variations. A waltz can also be written in other time signatures, including the waltz movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique Symphony, which uses the 5/4 time signature. On a sheet of music, the time signature is located to the right of the cleft. The 3/4 signature is also commonly used for minuets and scherzi.

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