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What tempo is andante con moto?

The core questions are: 1. At what tempo should the second movement of Beethoven's Fifth begin? 2. How should it be counted? About Beethoven and tempo indications At the time Beethoven composed the ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

Lack of barlines does not suggest "free time" at all. There have been multiple centuries of very much metered music before barlines became common practice. The start of the piece would ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

In addition to the other insightful answers: yes, in general, when there are several voices not in rhythmic unison, I'd prefer bar lines to be able to make inferences about how to synchronize them. So ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

Satie often does dispense with barlines. In Vexations he does so for 18 hours or so! I agree with Andy Bonner that the effect is to suppress the metric emphases we might otherwise apply. But Satie's ...
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Gnossiennes and Free Time

The Gnossiennes are phrase-driven rather than meter-driven. That is, the presumed emphases of metered time (beat 1 is strongest, etc.) don't apply. Rather, one should apply emphasis according to one's ...
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