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Unless the composer has explicit instructions, I'd probably just take the song as un-metered. Take a sixteenth note as the unit time and use things as quarter notes or longer as just longer syllables. I'm not sure why this particular grouping was chosen. Normally a non-power-of-two in the lower number means there a triplet feel underlying things. Were my ...


It can be interpreted not as 59/48, but as 5/4+9/8 (i.e. 19/8). Sometimes composers use two meters to express the "alternation" (1st beat has 1st time signature, 2nd has 2nd, 3rd has 1st again, 4th has 2nd etc.). These meters are usually written next to each other, without any space or plus sign (which creates such confusion). So I advise you to count actual ...


Each bar is a "gnat's crotchet"* shorter than 5/4, which would be 60/48. Simples! "Gnat's crotchet": a technical term much used by the late jazz trumpeter (and later BBC radio panel game host) Humphrey Lyttleton. Similar, but not quite identical to, a "midge's minim".


Music can be expressed anyway you like. Written notation and music theory are convention and language that attempt to represent the music. That being said I will attempt to address your question, based on Western music notation and terminology. The confusion and variety of answers to your question, "What is the 'theory' behind 'odd time signatures'?", ...

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