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The rate of the beats in a passage of music, sometimes expressed in metronome beats per minute (BPM) and sometimes by the Italian system of names

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Practice the Beats and Tempos in Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172 [duplicate]

In Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172, let us call the quarter note as one beat. Thue the eight note is 1/2 beat. The tuplet note (hat 3) is 1/3 beat. We see the right-...
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Tempo comparison

I'm learning basic music theory, and I have a naive question: Does a song with "100 quarter note beats per minute" have a pulse that is slower than one with "80 half note beats per ...
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What does a BPM of 92/100 mean?

I’ve been trying to figure this out but have found nothing that I understand online. I have sheet music for the double bass and it has a BPM of 92/100 — Not really sure what that means but I figure it’...
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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

I have the tendency to either rush individual notes or let them drag behind (see this other question of mine). To cure this I'm recording myself to a click on a DAW and try to see which of the notes ...
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What's a readable way to indicate both multi-measure rallentando and 8va?

In a piece I'm working on I've got a 4-meas. rallentando to a new, slower tempo. The piano RH, in those same 4 measures, also has an 8va section. Either of them I'd want to engrave spanning the 4 ...
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Are the terms time and rhythm interchangeable?

I’ve been reading a few books that are titled as if rhythm is a term that is interchangeable with time. I.e, I would have personally titled them something like the study of time in music or elements ...
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Do you have to completely master each Pumping Nylon exercises thoroughly?

Presently I am working on Pumping Nylon exercises, but I cannot play as fast as the exercise asks me to. Do I have to completely master each piece or can I just move on after playing through it ...
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Does "poco a poco accel. fino al misura 25" sound like proper Italian tempo mark?

Is ""poco a poco accel. fino al misura 25" correct tempo mark in Italian for "step by step accelerate until measure 25"?
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allegro animato and deciso in Mazeppa

In Liszt's 5e étude, Mazeppa, a part has allegro animato and then the next one allegro deciso. What are the possibilities and the most likely meaning of those terms ? I understand that animato can ...
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How fast would Chopin have played his own Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66?

I came across a performance of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu by Valentina Lisitsa and was surprised how fast she performed it, around 95 bpm (half-note beat)! Urtext tempo indication is Allegro agitato....
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Beginner wants app recommendation for making electronic music [closed]

I make mathematical pictures and want to back them with some music of my own composition. I play no instruments besides doodling with pianos. Actually, if I could get an app that would record my ...
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How to decide between half-, quarter-, and eighth-notes when transcribing a song

I am trying to transcribe a little song and I am facing a problem: I am realising that there are several ways to write it, 2 ways to be more specific; Here are 2 images (I just wrote the first few ...
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Is this tremolo too fast for strings?

Is this tremolo with the specified tempo too fast for a viola, cello and contrabass?
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Trouble getting Finale and Cakewalk to agree on midi file tempo

I have a score I have created in Finale. I'm working on creating an audio sample of it. Some parts of it (the strings) sound good using the sound libraries within Finale but other parts (the chorus) ...
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How do I decide if my piece should be expressed as 3/4, 6/4 or 3/2?

I'm still an amateur composer, but I've been wanting to explore time signatures outside of 4/4. The trouble is, I'm having issues figuring the actual time signature of what I've written. I was ...
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advice on Linus and Lucy, (Bridge PART)

I am currently working on the Vince Guaraldi song, Linus and Lucy; Am having trouble figuring out the bridge of the song, not really sure where to start on it. Any advice
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How can I lift my fingers off each piano key faster and still keep the same tempo when playing songs?

I recently noticed that when I press the piano keys, I do not lift my fingers fast enough off the keys. This causes a "dragging sound". However, I seem to keep the music tempo going. This ...
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Alternate tempo indications in Janáček's Mládí

What is the reason for the alternate tempo markings in Janáček's Mládí here and elsewhere? Is one of them aimed at players who are no longer in the first flush of 'Youth' maybe?
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Strange Tempo Marking [duplicate]

I was overviewing some classical sheet music and saw this strange tempo marking. What does "Tempo 10" mean exactly?
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Hairpins in Late Classical and Romantic Music

I have spent a year and a half researching the notational enigma of hairpins in late classical and romantic music, and now I am at a bend in the road. The esteemed Czerny claims that opening and ...
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How do you change the playback tempo of the score in MuseScore 4?

I'm really struggling to find the way the playback tempo should be changed in MuseScore 4. I tried googling it but still no luck.
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Notating Sheet Music with Strict Tempo for Accompaniment but Rubato for Vocalist

I have some sheet music for vocal + piano accompaniment where I want to notate that the vocalist should feel out the rhythms and phrases and sing expressively while the pianist maintains a steady ...
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What Makes Pieces with similar BPM Sound So Different?

Ok, so I'm very novice as far as music theory is concerned, and I was wondering if someone could explain to me why pieces with lower tempos can sound faster or higher energy. I need to know why on an ...
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What does the marking "Tempo" mean in the middle of a piece of music?

In Hubert Parry's (1848-1918) choral work "There is an Old Belief", there is a marking in a few places that just reads "Tempo". The first time it happens after a ritard, following ...
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Extracting music features from MIDI, storing them in arrays, making new MIDI file from extracted features, how do I get output as similar to original?

I have extracted notes, chords, rests and time signatures from parsed MIDI file. Storing them and again playing them back, I still cannot get the original speed and mix of sounds. What am I doing ...
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Duration of a MIDI file by parsing it and making a stream of parsed notes and chords do not playback the same length music. What is the problem here?

I parsed a MIDI file in music21 by using converter.parse function in music21. And for extracting notes and chords with duration, I have used the code as follows: score = converter.parse('...
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Rubato where there is no indication of rubato

Unless I'm crazy (not impossible, tbh) every performance of Messiaen: Prelude No. 7, Plainte calme that I have heard does not seem to follow the sheet music. There's a passage where the time signature ...
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Why did Shostakovich use such long note values for such fast notes?

I've loved Shostakovich's 8th quartet for ages but only just now looked at the score. I imagined the second movement would be a sea of black notes given its breakneck pace and was shocked to see that ...
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cut time vs common time [duplicate]

i understand that 2/2 or cut time has 2 beats as opposed to 4/4 or common time, but how does this actually sound different? if you took a piece and played if it was notated as being 4/4 and then ...
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Confusion about BPM and time signature [duplicate]

First of all, is the beat in BPM based on the quarter note or the fundamental beat of each time signature? For example, if it's 3/2 time and it's 80 BPM, does the half note go in 80 times in a minute? ...
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What does MM quarter note mean? [duplicate]

One of the requirements for an audition process I am going through is to play my chromatic scale. The required speed for it says MM quarter note = 100. I can't figure out the speed necessary for it. ...
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Tempo alteration "retard" instead of "ritard"

So, this is a piece I'm working on with a large chorus of youngsters ages 10-12. I've never seen a tempo alteration spelled this way. Is it something distinct from "ritard?" Is it simply ...
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How to synchronize Boss Looper pedal (RC-5) tempo with external drum machine (Korg Volca)?

As a test case, I am trying to synchronize the tempo of the RC-5 Looper pedal to a Korg Volca drum machine. I tried two different ways with a TRS cable: Korg Volca SYNC out --> RC-5 MIDI in No ...
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How to improve what I am doing, thanks! [closed]

Am I out of tune? A little fast or a little slow? It’s original female song. I need more objective opinions from different people, not from someone know me well. Thank you!!!
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Tempo for Rezitativ

What is the tempo for Rezitativ? I found that: Rezitativ by Johann Sebastian Bach is played at 70 Beats Per Minute (Adagio), or 14 Measures/Bars Per Minute. Time Signature 5/4. After the Presto (...
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On the difference between 4/4 and 4/2 time signatures [duplicate]

I am new to music theory and I was going through this video on YouTube to understand time signatures. The author mentions that the top number indicates number of beats. I understand what this means. ...
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Metronome/tempo markings

What does the following equation mean, as shown in the second to last line? What significance does this have in music? I have also seen this for different values as well.
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Notation question: Adding half a beat to a bar?

I've run into a quirk in a piece I'm writing, something I've never had to deal with—any ideas?: The piece is in 4/4. One bar has an extra half-beat (with 18 sixteenth notes rather than 16). 4.5/4 = 9/...
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Software to sync with tempo in violin

I am a beginner in violin (about 2 month) and i have trouble with syncing my tempo with metronome. Beside the fact that thinking about everything makes me lose tempo, I use my phone as metronome and ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

I'm looking at Erik Satie's Gnossiennes, specifically Nos. 1-3, but for simplicity let's just consider Gnossienne No. 1. Most editions (see IMSLP) are engraved without a time signature nor with any ...
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What is "Allegro non molto"?

Some parts of The Four Seasons are marked as having a tempo of "Allegro non molto" (Fast not very?), however, I do not see this tempo as being one of the standard ones. There is normally ...
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Playing 16th Note at High Tempo

In Classical/fingerstyle guitar is playing 16th note at tempo > 100 BPM is normal ? I am I am practising at 60 BPM which i feel is fast, since the gap between each metronome click is very small. ...
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What is the meaning of this tempo marking?

I came across this in a piece for piano four hands (title and composer are unknown; as pointed out in the comments, it might also be a part of a longer piece). Here's the beginning of the upper part (...
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Metronome Sound

This could be a weird question but I want to clarify something. When I'm learning rhythms and have a slow tempo my metronome will sound like this: BPM = 60 (--- represent silence) click------click-----...
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tempo of fantasia in D-minor from Mozart

Fantasia in D-Minor from Mozart K397 is written in 2/2 (alla breve). The first part of it should be played Andante (let's say 80 half notes in one minute). In reality, it is played much much slower ...
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Time signature and Tempo

When I am jamming along a song, I do get carried away especially after the chorus when strumming is emphasised. I tend to speed up. You see in intro strumming is kinda not so much emphasised, it's ...
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Why is the second movement to Beethoven's 9th notated in fast 3/4, rather than in 3/8?

Looking at the score for Beethoven's 9th symphony, it surprises me how the second movement is written in a breakneck 3/4 at 116 dotted half notes per minute. Why did Beethoven opt for this 3/4, rather ...
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How do i calculate the duration of a segment of music with a changing tempo?

I'm writing some music software that allows you to dynamically set the tempo. I'm having trouble calculating the duration of a section if the tempo is gradually increasing or decreasing. For example, ...
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How to practise exact timing on the piano?

I have learned a piece (an arrangement I have made myself). When I record it, I notice that the timing is not exact (overall it is exact, I'm recording to a metronome). But when I open the recorded ...
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Do I have to notate "eighth equal quarter" when the time signature changes?

I cannot recall which tempo marking I saw but it is something like "♩=♪" or "♩=♩."on the top of the staff when time signature changes. Does that mean the overall speed doesn't ...
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