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As a studying method I am making a reduction of Wagner's Parsifal ouverture. In bar 3, the rhythm does not fit. The quarter, dotted eight, sixteenth and half note take up a sixteenth beat more space than there is.

I checked several sources, all have the dotted eight, so that is no mistake presumably. What does this mean musically? And how should I notate it in Dorico, a program that forces correct rhythm?

  • Let's split each of those notes into 16ths. 1st = 4, dotted = 3, 1/16 = 1, minim = 8. That adds to 16. – Tim Mar 15 at 10:01
  • You are adding wrong, as answer states – Carl Witthoft Mar 15 at 17:25

I think this is one of those cases where staring at something too long makes the notes swim around on the page. Happens to everyone sometimes! :D

A dotted eighth = 3/16, so that plus a sixteenth is a quarter.

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    It definitely was. Stared at it for an hour! – Quant Mar 15 at 10:04
  • In college, I used to do my homework at a pub with great nachos, about 200 kinds of international beers, and a waitress I had a crush on. Believe me, I had this experience VERY often! :D – Bennyboy1973 Mar 16 at 8:10

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