Want to know your largo from your allegro? Catherine Bott reveals the mysteries of tempo.
This week, Catherine Bott asks the question: “What is tempo?”
If you’ve ever wondered what those Italian words mean at the top of a piece of music, then your mind will be put at rest this evening.
Catherine will give us an example of ‘vivacissimo’, thanks to Tchaikovsky and Nicola Benedetti. There’ll be a ‘largo’ from Handel, an ‘andantino’ from Enescu, an ‘adagio’ from Mozart, and a ‘prestissimo’ from Borodin.
Erik Satie gives us a ‘lento’, Beethoven has an ‘allegro vivace’, while Gershwin’s allegro is ‘agitato’.