Monday, October 15, 2012

Allegro Depending on the Situation

This is my new definition of Allegro moderato.  I learned it from Schubert's E-flat Sonata, Op. 122, last movement.   The 6/8 meter already makes it a puzzle, as allegro is most often associated with quarter-note meters. 

One can sustain a fairly even pace except for special circumstances in which the beat seems to require more deliberation.  Once I caught on to the possibility that this permission might be implied in the tempo indication it was much easier to let the music flow rather than feel obliged to maintain a steady pulse.