Originally posted by Cheshire Cat
I could be wrong but one reason that this doesn't work is that for the first note there are 13 choices since a rest would be possible. Taking that into consideration, the second sixteenth note would have 13 possibilities as well. Th ...[text shortened]... d 29 more spaces and what do you have? That's where I get stuck.
Nuathala did not include the rest. But let me explain what she meant.
Every 13 mention in this proof is the number of possible notes and rest.
presume we are at the beginning of the melody, looking at only a three sixteenth bar.
If we place three sixteenth notes we have 13^3 possibilities. If we take an eight note and then a sixteenth note, we have 2*13^2 posibilities. 13 for each position and 2 because we can reverse oreder. If we take a three sixteenth note we have only 13 posibilities. Total possible combinations: 13^3 + 2*13^2 + 13 = 13*(13+1)^2=13*14^2.
But as Nuathala says, one can see an eight note as a combination of an sixteenth note with an enlenghtment. If you write your note bar with only sixteenth notes and $'s if you lengthen the note, (then an eighth note is writen as a sixteenth note and a $ and a three sixteenth note would be writen as an sixteenth note with 2 $s) then one sees that on each position there can be 14 symbols (twelve notes and the $). Therefor there are 14^32 possible combinations.
Unless (I don't know much of this) it is not allowed the lenghten the the last note of a bar into the next bar. Then there are only 13*14^15 possibilities per bar. which makes 13^2*14^30=24,201,432,355,484,595,421,941,037,243,826,300 ~= 24*10^33
Or am I missing something?