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Author Marty, Jean-Pierre.

Title The tempo indications of Mozart / Jean-Pierre Marty.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1988]


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 UniM Store QA  23201    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 279 pages, 112 pages of plates : music ; 24 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: page 223.
Contents Part 1 Basic Indications -- Section I Three Main Categories: Adagio, Andante, Allegro -- Section II Three Intermediary Steps: Larghetto, Andantino, Allegretto -- Part 2 Qualified and Extreme Indications -- Section I From Andante to Grave -- Section II From Andante to Prestissimo -- Part 3 Other Indications and Meters; Works Without Tempo Indication -- Appendix I Indications in Mozart's Own Catalogue 215 -- Catalogue -- Musical Incipits 230.
Summary The music of the classical period contains fewer than ten major tempo indications between Grave and Presto, and these terms have been interpreted very differently by musicians and musicologists through the ages. In particular there has been a widespread tendency to look at the tempo indications of Mozart as being only of a very general character, subject to many possible personal translations.
French conductor Jean-Pierre Marty began fifteen years ago to study just what Mozart intended by his tempo markings--meanings that clearly differed with the nature of each of the composer's works. In this book he shows that Mozart's indications do carry precise messages, once they are read according to the notion that Mozart and his contemporaries had of tempo, before the invention of the metronome drastically altered this fundamental concept. Explaining with clarity and sensitivity the rationale behind his conclusions, Marty formulates general principles of tempo markings followed by Mozart and most other composers of the classical period and illuminates the traditions that they shared. He then interprets Mozart's intentions for each of the composer's works that bear tempo markings. The book is arranged as a reference tool in which Marty's recommendations for nearly any work by Mozart can readily be found. The first book to deal comprehensively with the tempo indications of any composer, it is a uniquely valuable guide for conductors and performers, as well as for students and scholars.
Subject Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Tempo (Music)
ISBN 0300038526 (alk. paper)