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I enjoyed listening to the Vienna New Year's Concert today.
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.
Data science and physics research at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and UNED has analysed a centuries-old controversy over Beethoven's annotations about the tempo (the playing speed) of his works, which is considered to be too fast based on these marks. In this study, published in the PLOS...www.eurekalert.org
Did you?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.
Hovhaness. My introduction to his sound world was by way of the wonderful Cosmos… Symphony No.19.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.