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few notes, an eight-measure phrase may be considered regular. T h e extremely rapid tempo of Figure 16.9 (one beat to the measure) produces a phrase of only eight beats in eight measures, comparable in sound to four measures of two beats each. Fig. 16.9. Beethoven, Sonata for Piano, Op. 2, No. 3, "Scherzo" Allegro (J.=104)




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