Can anyone explain if there's syncopation in Ralph Vaughan Williams' (To sir with love version) of Fantasia on Greensleeves.

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    Are you asking about any specific part? Dec 9, 2023 at 14:50
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    You might get a more useful answer if you edit to explain why you’re looking for syncopation in it. Dec 9, 2023 at 19:21

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There's no syncopation at all in the piece.

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    There was an ongoing debate among my musical colleagues in my college (university) days about whether a dotted rhythm counts as syncopation. The argument was that the short note, because it's not on the beat, meets the definition. That wasn't my position, so I agree with this answer, but it is worth mentioning that there are people who would disagree with it -- or at least there are four or five people who would have disagreed with it when they were around 20, give or take a couple of years.
    – phoog
    Dec 9, 2023 at 18:11
  • @phoog See music.stackexchange.com/q/131773/78419 Dec 9, 2023 at 19:24
  • @phoog I'm aware that some people consider dotted rhythms to be syncopation. If the poster were asking whether the dotted rhythms were syncopation then the question would be a duplicate: music.stackexchange.com/questions/131544/…
    – PiedPiper
    Dec 9, 2023 at 19:31

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