From this Tuplet explanation: A triplet: “three notes played in the normal duration of four”. But I could not verify this on couple of the music sheets and from entering notes using flat.io site.

Then I found another explanation: “A triplet group’s total duration is equal to two of the original note-values contained within.” This one I was able to verify.

So was the info from wikipedia wrong?

  • Hae you checked back at Wiki? It doesn't say what you say it says. – Tim May 4 at 15:26
  • If you look carefully, your first item is a "2-beat triplet." – Carl Witthoft May 4 at 17:42

A Tuplet is x notes in the time of y. A 15:8 group is an example of a tuplet.

A Triplet is a particular type of Tuplet where x=3, y=2. Three notes in the time of two. Some other common groupings also have a name.

Here's a 7:4 tuplet.

(The notation program Sibelius confuses the issue by labelling the menu where tuplets are constructed as 'Triplets'.)

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    Please check your third sentence. – Tim May 3 at 16:20
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    Is it just me, or does Sibelius itself call a septuplet a sextuplet? – Dekkadeci May 4 at 13:19
  • No, it calls a septuplet a septuplet. And a sextuplet a sextuplet. 7-group, 6-group. What's wrong with my third sentence @Tim? It's a bar of 4/4. – Laurence Payne May 4 at 14:16
  • 'x+3, y=3'. Should it be 'x=3, y=2'. 3rd sentence not para... – Tim May 4 at 14:35
  • Oh, right. Corrected. Thanks. – Laurence Payne May 4 at 14:40

Please re-read Wiki! All triplets are tuplets, but not all tuplets are triplets!!

Tuplet is the name given to any non-standard timings within a specified bar. Triplets are one such kind, and are so called because there are three notes played in the time two of the same value are normally played. So, a tad quicker.

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  • And, now, not always all within a specific bar. Tuplets across a barline are quite common in 'modern classical' music. – Laurence Payne May 4 at 14:42
  • @LaurencePayne - not met that yet. They'm brekkin' orl them rules! – Tim May 4 at 14:45
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    @LaurencePayne maybe, but only by self-wanking composers. Everyone else recognizes that the run should have forced different measure lengths in the first place. – Carl Witthoft May 4 at 17:50
  • @CarlWitthoft - that's usually tautology. – Tim May 4 at 18:42

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