Re: Tempo.ms (version 2.0)
Reply #12 –
having followed up a little more I see what you mean.
I've played a number of pieces in 5/8, and other odd meters, but using the tied note mm is new to me (I guess haven't played any Bartok )
Being a piano piece I guess it isn't a big deal as the pianist can pretty much do what they want, but as a trombone player I see things like this in the light of trying to follow a conductor in a band/orchestra setting. In the case of your example (No. 115 from Bartok's Vol IV) I would expect a conductor to indicate the pulse in 3+2 until bar 9 where it swaps to 2+3 and then back to 3+2 at bar 17 until bar 30, then swaps again for 31 and again for 32 (the last bar).
As this is a dance rhythm it is important to get the pulse right. As a band/orchestra musician this makes it important for me to know what to expect from the conductor.
A long winded explanation why I felt the tied note mm might be confusing.