I know that if the first measure in a piece of music does not contain all of the beats, that the last measure completes the count.
I think this is one of those rules where it is a rule because it is generally the way it is done, rather than being a hard and fast rule. Outside of classical music I don’t think many people pay too much attention to this rule.
In fact most notation software doesn’t even attempt to force you into this convention as they tend to do with most other conventions.
The reason for
Crusic and anacrusic. I think it has something to do with that.
Kay, Somewhere Over the Rainbow starts on the beat, but the phrase “Some day I’ll wish….doesn’t start on the beat.
Maybe that’s why your piece was written out as it was. I’m not quite sure what you mean by “leaving the first measure incomplete” Could you describe how many beats are in the first measure?
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