What is a phrase in Irish Music?
I always considered a phrase in Irish dance music to be 2 measures. I don’t remember where I got this from… I think it may have been from a workshop over the years, which was then reinforced by other workshops.
Is this what you all consider a phrase? I teach my students to think in phrases, and I teach them to learn and practice in phrases. I got this idea of practicing in phrases from James Kelly, and from my recollection he too taught them as being two measures.
If you look at sean nós dancing, the basic steps reset after two measures (I am not so sure about "regular" dancing, but I remember this being the case as well). This makes me think that the two measures per phrase thing is pretty embedded into the music.
Are there any who disagree?