# What does “Moderately slow, in 2” mean at the top of a piece of music? [duplicate]

I have a song that is 96bpm but it says "Moderately slow, in 2" at the top. Does this mean the song is actually 192bpm and that the person who wrote the notation decided to write it as 96bpm? Could someone explain what this is and why it is used?

It is different because this piece is in 4/4 and also, I was more interested to know why the sheet music is written this way. if "in 2" @ 96bpm is the same as 192bpm why not just write the sheet music in 192bpm?

• What's the time signature? I'm guessing the "in 2" part refers to the method of conducting. – John Doe Feb 9 '18 at 17:23
• @John Doe time signature is 4/4 – armani Feb 9 '18 at 18:02
• @ Neal I read that thread before posting but it is different because this piece is in 4/4 and also, I was more interested to know why the sheet music is written this way. if "in 2" @ 96bpm is the same as 192bpm why not just write the sheet music in 192bpm? This is not covered in that post so mine is not a duplicate. Thanks – armani Feb 9 '18 at 18:04
• @armani With the suggested bpm, is there a note (quarter, eighth, half) associated with it? – John Doe Feb 9 '18 at 18:53
• According to your image, this piece is not in 4/4. The time signature indicates cut time, 2/2. – Neal Feb 9 '18 at 19:43

The photo you posted shows that the music is in “cut common time” (denoted by the crossed C time signature), which is another way of writing 2/2. Your beat-note is a minim (half-note), so there are 2 beats per bar (measure). The metronome marking is also clear: `minim = 96` is 96 minims per minute. I do understand your confusion, though: the stipulation “in 2” is redundant in this case, adding nothing to understanding of the tempo.