duplet

Duplets in 6/8 time.
Normally, three pairs of eighth-notes occur in 6/8 time. Using duplets here mimics the sound of a march. Image © Sidney Llyn

Definition of Musical Duplet

 A duplet – a type of tuplet – is a note-grouping of two, which fits into the length of three of its note-type. For example:

 

  • Eighth-note duplets span the length of three normal (or “straight”) eighth-notes.
  • Sixteenth-note duplets span the length of three 16th notes (or a dotted eighth-note).

 

   ●  View notation for the above examples



Note that while many tuplets split a beat into smaller parts, the duplet expands the length of its notes.

For example, a triplet makes three notes span two, therefore reducing each note within to 2/3 its original length. The duplet forces two notes to take the space of three, making them to equal 1 1/2 their original lengths.

Duplets create a temporary irrational rhythm within a song. While rarely used, they can be seen in bridges, but are most frequently used in jazz piano.

 

Also Known As:

  • duina (It)
  • duolet (Fr)
  • Duole (Ger)Musical Keyboard Comparison Guide

Browse Glossaries in D:

▪  : "from nothing"; to gradually bring notes out of complete silence, or a crescendo that rises slowly from nowhere.

▪  decrescendo: to gradually decrease the volume of the music. A decrescendo is seen in sheet music as a narrowing angle, and is often marked decresc.

▪  delicato: “delicately”; to play with a light touch and an airy feel.

▪  : very sweetly; to play in a particularly delicate manner. Dolcissimo is a superlative of "dolce."

 


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