Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Neat and Tidy Quarter Notes

It is ironic, or perhaps not, that the Mozart Duos for Violin and Viola furnished music for the pre-performance time for The Taming of the Shrew, which I saw last night.

I was not the one to remark it aloud, though my friend did just as I was thinking it: Quarter notes all over the place.

To what purpose all those beats?  Certainly to save time by marking time.  The point of playing thus seemed to be that each player would keep the other informed at all times of the beats of the measure.

Does it really take two people to accomplish that?