Beethoven and That Danged Metronome

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Monday, November 14, 2011

In honor of Beethoven Awareness Month, Bill McGlaughlin explores Beethoven and “that danged metronome” – the way Beethoven understood tempi and how he indicated them in his scores.

Comments [2]

Licia Pannucci from home

I am commenting without reading ur post, Mr McGlaughlin... probably a bad thing but... I have pre-conceived ancient notions and so far, everything I listen to is pathetic... there is NOTHING in the versions I listen to ~ I am WAITING for Beethoven ~ I know its out there cuz I listen to Tchaikovsky... The Symphonies dance, they tell stories, note by note... what is posted is HORRIBLE ~ I HEAR the PERFECT MUSIC in my head but i forget who played it~ I am old and my memory is sad but I need to REMEMBER cuz BEETHOVEN needs to be passed on CORRECTLY... ANYONE have a reminder for me? GEEZ! I NEED TO POST THE PERFECT STANZA BUT I CANT REMEMBER IT ~ ITS IN MY HEAD~ I CAN HUM IT BUT I FAIL AFTER THAT... This is friggin SAD!

Feb. 01 2014 03:08 AM
joseph winokur from manhattan,ny

dear mr. mc glaughlin

your examination of tempi for the 11/18/11 beethoven awareness broadcasts on wqxr was absolutely outstanding. tonight,e.g., the program about the importance of tempi in changing the way beethoven's 9th sounds and feels was very absorbing and interesting,especially when you played several different conductor's ideas of what the tempo should be-none of them being what beethoven had originally asked for in the manuscript.it was spellbinding to listen to the work being examined microscop- ically note by note by someone who knew the music intimately.
three cheers!

Nov. 19 2011 01:26 AM

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