29: Repeat bars within a measure
Question: Page twenty of Exploring Theory with Practica Musica, sentence 2., states: "A repeat bar can occur within a measure." I haven't seen this occur in music, do you have an example I could look at? - G.A.

Answer: Sure - Just popping open something that happens to be at hand, here is an aria from Telemann (Six Partitas for Violin, No. I, Aria 6:)

That is, the double repeat bar interrupts a 3/8 measure after a quarter note. Between the double repeat and the next barline is an eighth note, completing the measure. Naturally the aria begins with an eighth note pickup so that the repeat carries us back to the pickup and the meter is not broken. This is the occasion for repeat bars within a measure: a piece that begins with an incomplete measure.

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