Friday, April 6, 2012

But officer I wasn't going that fast…

Speeding can get you jail time on the road, but in the concert hall you get cheersTempo is a funny thing, once Arturo Toscanini was arguing for a constant tempo and to prove his point he sat down at the piano wound up the metronome and started playing. Even the great conductor couldn't play in exact rhythm. He dismissed the exercise with a comment that one shouldn't play like a machine.

On the Piano this Sunday an exploration of tempos and why choosing a good pace is as important to the performer as well as the music. I even "digitally" modify a performance to see if the musician who emphasized phrasing and touch sounds convincing when the music is sped up.

Tempos and some amazingly quick performances on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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