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This is the Hungarian Sonata by Richard Clayderman. I don't know how to count this measure.

Clayderman Hungarian Sonata, m. 40

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    You could make it much easier by turning the note in the first quarter into a triplet. Nobody's going to notice the difference, particularly since it's probably going to be rubato anyway.
    – PiedPiper
    Feb 8 at 22:34
  • @PiedPiper - I once transcribed a 180 bpm piece that uses an 8th rest-dotted 8th-dotted 8th rhythm (the equivalent of a 16th rest-dotted 16th-dotted 16th rhythm at a faster-than-the-OP 90 bpm), and yes, I could tell that using a triplet there instead was wrong.
    – Dekkadeci
    Feb 9 at 13:42
  • @Dekkadeci You obviously have an excellent sense of rhythm. Most amateur pianists don't.
    – PiedPiper
    Feb 9 at 14:26
  • Consider as another example Chick Corea's "Spain" where - depending on who did the transcription - the initial theme starts with dotted-quarter, dotted-quarter, quarter measures, but then switches to a 4-beat triplet. Definitely a different 'feel' . (Many fakebooks don't do this switch but I think they're wrong) Feb 9 at 16:45
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First, recognize that each set of notes is barred together into whole beats.

  • Beat 1 = sixtheenth rest + 2 notes following
  • Beat 2 = triplet of three eighth notes
  • Beat 3 and 4 = dotted-eighth / sixteenth pairs.

To understand the first beat, think of dividing the beat into eight equal parts. The rest/notes align this way:

X: 1
T: Hungarian Sonata
T: Counting example 1
C: Richard Clayderman
K: none clef=perc stafflines=1
M: 4/4
L: 1/32
%%score (V1 | V2)
[V:V1 stem=up] z2 c3c3
[V:V2 stem=down] AAAAAAAA
w: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

However, eighths of a beat don't lend themselves to easy counting, so I would suggest thinking of it, initially, in terms of sixteenth notes.

X: 1
T: Hungarian Sonata
T: Counting example 2
C: Richard Clayderman
K: none clef=perc stafflines=1
M: 4/4
L: 1/16
%%score (V1 | V2)
[V:V1 stem=up] z c3/2c3/2
[V:V2 stem=down] AAAA
w: 1 e & a

Once a feel is developed for that, then the entire measure can be counted in eighth notes. This means the left hand, which is written entirely in eighths, can serve as your metronome whenever playing hands together.

X: 1
T: Hungarian Sonata
T: Counting example 3
C: Richard Clayderman
K: none clef=perc stafflines=1
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
%%score (V1 | V2)
[V:V1 stem=up] z/2 c3/4c3/4 (3ccc c3/2c/2 c3/2c/2
[V:V2 stem=down] AA AA AA AA
w: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
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    Especially since there is indeed eight-note pattern in the left hand. Feb 8 at 22:33
  • @user1079505 Do you have an image? If yes, please feel welcome to add it to the post. That's really helpful to know.
    – Aaron
    Feb 8 at 22:34
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    I linked a video where I found it. Feb 8 at 22:37

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