If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On: The Music Thread: What Are You Listening To?

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What speed should Beethoven’s music be played at? It seems perhaps his metronome markings in the score aren’t as they seem. Conductors have ignored the markings for years because they seem much too fast. Recently however, “historically informed” performances have taken the prescribed markings, and the performances have been described as frantically fast.

So, they have been trying to figure out what might be the problem: Beethoven’s metronome, or rather his inability to read it properly.

 

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What speed should Beethoven’s music be played at? It seems perhaps his metronome markings in the score aren’t as they seem. Conductors have ignored the markings for years because they seem much too fast. Recently however, “historically informed” performances have taken the prescribed markings, and the performances have been described as frantically fast.

So, they have been trying to figure out what might be the problem: Beethoven’s metronome, or rather his inability to read it properly.


Fascinating.

And reminiscent of the disagreemment over the speed of the French national anthem, or, rather, the speed at which it should be played.

In recent decades, well, since M. Mitterrand was elected to office in 1981 as President of France for the Socilaist Party, and subsequently decided that the Marseillaise should be played at a faster speed, reflecting its revolutionary heritage (and perhaps the speed at which it was originaly played when it was first composed), a decision reversed by his Gaullist successors, who insisted on a slower (more sedate) tempo, this had beocme a political matter, as well one of histiry, of music and of artistic sensibility.

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Madeleine Peyroux. Tracks from her 2009 album Bare Bones.


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Decent Brother recommended that I listen to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (which he discovered during the current lockdown and thought I would like) and that is exactly what I am doing just now.
 

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A few from the Human League: Don't Yuou Want Me; Love Action; Mirror Man; The Lebanon; Love Is All That Matters; Louise; Together In Electric Dreams; and Human.
 

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Alan Hovhaness - Symphony No, 2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain. Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony (1958). This was the first recording of this 1955 composition, and it remains the most preferred one all this time later.

 

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Decent Brother recommended that I listen to the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (which he discovered during the current lockdown and thought I would like) and that is exactly what I am doing just now.
Did you?
My husband is a definite fan.

Alan Hovhaness - Symphony No, 2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain. Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony (1958). This was the first recording of this 1955 composition, and it remains the most preferred one all this time later.

Hovhaness. My introduction to his sound world was by way of the wonderful Cosmos… Symphony No.19.

I never warmed to him outside of his slow movements. Perhaps I should give him another listen with my much older and wiser ears.

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