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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:28 am    Post subject: sixteenth note equals 76? Reply with quote

I've been starting on this unaccompianed solo thats been transcribed from Bachs Sontat in G Minor *BMV 1001* The tempo marking is Sixteenth note=76.

I've never played anything with a tempo marking like that and i was wondering if i divide 76/4 and set that to sixteenth note subdivision would i get the appropriate tempo?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry about what that odd tempo marking is supposed to mean!

Observe the tempo of a performance that you want to duplicate, and write the tempo marking in terms that you understand.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, do the math... 1/16 = 76, 1/8 = 38, 1/4 = 19.. see the problem though? Counting at 19 clicks a minute would be fairly difficult to maintain accuracy. The problem is that we rarely play with this "look"- though I imagine violinists are pretty comfortable with it.

I'd be more apt to go the other direction... 1/32 = 152 for rhythmic accuracy.

There is probably a reason or historical tradition for writing in this look-today we'd probaly see the same music written with the 8th notes as the main notes. Thinking musically, in very subtle ways, it makes a difference that we play four 16th notes vs. four 8th notes (where an how strong the stresses are): "one-e-an-a, two-e-an-a, three-e-an-a, etc" vs. "one-an-two-an, two-an-two-an, etc"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would check for the history and accuracy of the edition. Some versions of old music are notorious for their arbitrary tempo markings.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a recording of a violinist playing it, showing the sheet music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTUWCr3IXxw

Note the presence of 64-notes, when your ear probably hears 16ths. This piece is played at an extremely slow tempo.

Listen to the recording (or another one, if you prefer a different interpretation). Sing along. Memorize it. Internalize the song. Then set your metronome app for 76 BPM and play it. The tempo marking will make sense.
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