...I usually notate mazurkas as 9/8, since that seems to be a commoner way to play them, even when they aren't written that way...
This is a sneaky question, and perhaps a little irrelevant, particularly as it involves a crossover from
a thread on melodeon.net, and the tune I mention ain't a mazurka (AFAIK).
JC recently posted a 9/8 transcription of 'Latt om Foten' on mel.net. I had been trying to do the job
myself using the illustration of the hand-written score on that thread. I was trying to write the ABC in 6/8
based on what I (thought I) could see there. So, how 'legitimate' is it to change the time signature of a
melody and what are the reasons? Is it largely because of the 'dance factor' which JC mentions, or are
there other considerations?
My apologies if this is a bit off the original topic, but I've sometimes been a little puzzled by seeing the
same melody in different time signatures (a random example: 'Brighton Camp' in 4/4, 2/4 and 2/2).