Was Beethoven's Metronome Wrong?
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.