Italian Barring

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Italian barring refers to a style of putting barlines into music popular in Italy and parts of France in the eighteenth century. Italian barlines are almost exclusively found at the high point of the melody, and cadences always occur on beat 1. This style of barring is more accent-oriented than German barring, and serves to highlight the strong points of the melody (which does not always begin on beat 1).

An important note to keep in mind for this description is that, by definition, a cadence occurs wherever it’s bass note is placed (Zach Simao, 2/9).