Beethoven and that Danged Metronome

August 30, 2021, 7:00 pm

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Beethoven and That Danged Metronome – The metronome is a device that musicians use to break up the musical minute, based on the portion of a second used per beat. Beethoven was notorious for marking his music with metronome timings, and this week we learn the significant role those little numbers played. The tempo and interpretation affect the emotional impact of a composition, thus changing its entire character. We’ll also take a brief detour and examine how other composers, like Bach, Handel, and Shostakovich worked with tempi in their music.