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GUEST,Ripov Planxty Fanny Power time signature (71* d) RE: Planxty Fanny Power time signature 02 Nov 17

Steve many tunes are performed differently by diferent performers, or by the same performer at different times. Indeed one the arts of the musician is to be able to adapt a tune for different dances. And as musicians we have the tools to describe how we are doing this; in this case time signatures, which we use to describe the basic flow of the tune.
Fanny is often played as a waltz in 3/4 time, but just as often rather slower, in 6/4 or even 12/8 (which sounds as though it should be fast, and can be; but isn't always - a piece from roughly the same period, Messiah_-_How_beautiful_are_the_feet; Score and here , sung by Joan Sutherland - although probably a little slower, has a similar rhythm).
How O'Carolan originally conceived it being played we shall never know.

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