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What's the difference between Allegro and Moderato?

Interesting insights on how to interpret the most common tempo indications

Released on May 29, 2013

  
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Garry * VSM MEMBER * on May 30, 2013 @7:30 pm PST
Nice to hear and see you. Please keep this format going !

gqc
Fulvia Bowerman * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @6:12 pm PST
I also have a special request for Robert! Could you play at least a short part of the Rondo alla Turca of Mozart at the appropriate tempo? I have been playing that piece since I was a teenager, and my mother was a pianist. Recently I heard it on the radio, by a top pianist, but I was incredibly fast, from my modest point of view, it was too fast, I felt that the melody and espression were practically lost. Thank you.
PS: Fabrizio, I too am from Italy, Trieste!
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 30, 2013 @10:19 am PST
Thank you Fulvia for your comment and very nice to meet you here! I love Trieste! Grazie! :)
LUIZ SETTE * VSM MEMBER * on June 24, 2013 @7:04 pm PST
Very nice pick to discuss that subject. It seems that there is not a consensus about the proper speed in this Rondo. I've heard many different interpretations. Some of them are sheer showing-off of keyboard technique that, in my view, offend the real spirit and beauty of the piece.By the time it was composed, Europeans had a sort of crunch on the "oriental thing". Mozart was inspired by the Turkish Fanfarre or Band in which the drums and the cymbals played a very important role marking the 1st beat. They are evoked in those A MajorE major arpeggios. Though the mouvment was described by late editors as a "march", it is originally a Rondo, that is, a dance. Well, I think a dance that was meant to ordinary people, not acrobats or ballet dancers. Ordinary dancer may dance fast but not running like cheetahs.
Robert - host, on June 25, 2013 @2:58 pm PST
Yes - I will make a video for you!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on June 25, 2013 @3:47 pm PST
I totally agree with you Luiz. A Rondo' must be definitively "danceable", and therefore cannot be too fast.
Richard L Walker * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @9:57 am PST
Maybe a part 2 where Robert could play a couple of examples showing the differences in allegro, moderato, or anything else, based on the piece being played. It could be interesting.
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 29, 2013 @11:18 am PST
This is a great idea! Robert, can we do that?

Thank you again Richard for this excellent idea!
Robert - host, on May 29, 2013 @11:28 am PST
I love this idea! We can show not only Allegro and Moderato, but highlight examples of several musical terms.
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Richard L Walker * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @12:06 pm PST
When you show allegro, moderato, etc. could you show how a single term might be somewhat different based on the piece being played? I think that is what you were describing.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 29, 2013 @11:41 am PST
Wonderful!
carole zakrzewski * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @6:21 am PST
It was good to hear the comment that you need to think about the character of the piece to decide if it should be allegro or moderato.
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Viviane * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @9:24 am PST
Not to decide if you should play allegro or moderato! To decide if moderato should be slower or faster in the piece!
mozartiana * VSM MEMBER * on May 29, 2013 @5:17 am PST
Allegro does not mean FAST, but happy.
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Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 29, 2013 @6:53 am PST
Yes, that's the actual Italian meaning of the word "Allegro", and I can confirm that (I am Italian!), but I think Robert meant to tell its "musical" meaning, from a "tempo" stand point. Thank you for your comment!
Robert - host, on May 29, 2013 @11:14 am PST
You bring up a good point. While Allegro indicates a fast tempo in a musical score, the spirit generally is happy. Thanks for the comment!
mozartiana * VSM MEMBER * on May 30, 2013 @2:47 am PST
Hello Robert, yes, I agree with you. In sense of "tempo" it´s correct, sure.
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