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What does Rubato mean?

One of the most important expressions of Romantic music

Released on August 21, 2013

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Fulvia Bowerman * VSM MEMBER * on August 23, 2013 @10:39 am PST
Great explanation and demonstration. Thanks, Robert.

Is rubato what is used for the rythm of the Viennese waltz, in which the beats are not 1 2 3 evenly played, but more like a 1-2 3?
Robert - host, on August 23, 2013 @12:48 pm PST
Great question - Rubato is a more specific give and take of tempo than the weighting of beats in waltzes and other musical forms. However, there are some similarities in the concepts of time. The weighting of some beats being stronger than others in different time signatures and musical forms is prevalent in many musical styles. But rubato isn't just having some beats stronger than others, it is a give and take of phrases which are generally larger than just one measure of time.
Toya Harvey on August 21, 2013 @2:50 pm PST
Enjoy your performances ! Thank you for sharing.
Cleuton on August 21, 2013 @12:35 pm PST
Congratulations! very clear explanations.
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