Diving into Schubert’s piano music as I do here with the famous Moments Musicaux (D780 ), I felt inspired by the Metronome Marks given in the a 19th century edition made by August Sturm (1852-1923). With the modern reading of the Metronome (half beat), where every “tick” corresponds to the note value indicated, these pieces would not only be extremely fast if not impossible to play on a historical fortepiano, but make not much musical sense either…as with so many historical metronomic tempo indications that we today simply ignore as if they are not part of the historical information as left by musicians or composers of the past.
But these MM’s, also those of Sturm, become suddenly extremely meaningful if we apply the WBMP (Whole Beat Metronome Practice), as this was the most used way to read the MM during the 19th century. With this reading of the metronome, the ticks of the metronome do not indicate the complete note of the metronome mark, but the subdivision. As we still teach to music students in school today: One AND two AND three AND….
Enjoy this experiment and we will come back with more recordings very soon!
Metronome Marks between brackets are August Sturm’s.
Moderato – 1:44 (q=104)
Andantino – 13:24 (q.=60)
Allegretto moderato – 25:02 (q=108)
Moderato – 28:26 (q=120)
Allegro vivace – 37:50 (h=112)
Allegretto – 41:43 (q=144)
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