Was Beethoven's Metronome Wrong?

10:58 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Was Beethoven's Metronome Wrong?

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Many musicologists point to Beethoven's tempo markings as ridiculously fast. Over the years, debate as raged as to whether or not the composer's metronome was simply calibrated incorrectly, providing a convenient explanation for the rapid tempos. What do you think?
When great musicians play the classics, they often like to recreate the exact feel of a piece of music. But when playing Beethoven, many musicians completely disregard the tempo markings on his original sheet music. Sixty-six out of 135 of them have been regarded as "absurdly fast and thus possibly wrong," writes Sture Forsen in a new paper published in the American Mathematical Society.
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