Saturday, January 20, 8170
Tassin (b. c. 1170) - Dance Tune - Hemiola
Tassin (b. c. 1170) - Dance Tune (c. 1200) (Gut Strung Harp)
In modern musical parlance, a hemiola is a metrical pattern in which two bars in simple triple time (3/2 or 3/4 for example) are articulated as if they were three bars in simple duple time (2/2 or 2/4).
The word hemiola derives from the Greek hemiolios, meaning "one and a half". (The term hemiola or "one and a half" was also used by the Greeks to refer to a galley powered by one and a half banks of oars). It was originally used in music to refer to the frequency ratio 3:2; that is, the interval of a justly tuned perfect fifth.
Later, from around the 15th century, the word came to mean the use of three quarter notes in a bar when the prevailing metrical scheme had two dotted quarter notes. This usage was later extended to its modern sense of two bars in simple triple time articulated or phrased as if they were three bars in simple duple time.