Lombard rhythm

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The Lombard rhythm or Scotch snap is a syncopated musical rhythm in which a short, accented note is followed by a longer one. This reverses the pattern normally associated with dotted notes or notes inégales, in which the longer value precedes the shorter.

In Baroque music, a typical Lombard rhythm consists of a stressed sixteenth note, or semiquaver, followed by a dotted eighth note, or quaver.

In Scottish country dances, the Scotch snap (or Scots snap) is a prominent feature of the strathspey.

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