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March

A march is a piece of music composed and played originally for the express purpose of marching. Usually military, it was music that would keep a constant pace for troops to march to.

The march became popular for celebrations too and became a musical genre in its own right. The popularity of march music inevitably led to certain Dances being devised to fit the music.

Marches are generally written in 4/4 or 2/2 time and therefore with some tempo variation, they are substituted for Reels and Polkas.