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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000764.txt from 2000/07

From: "Bill Hausmann" <bhausmann1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 19:51:40 -0400

Probably not Mozart, but Beethoven was familiar with the "Metronome de
Maelzel," as it came to be known, and thus the "M.M.=XXX" indications on
music. Regardless of who ACTUALLY invented it, Johann Nepomuk Maeltzel got
the credit! The second movement of Beethoven's 8th Symphony supposedly
alludes to the metronome with its steady tick-tock rhythm. Maelzel is also
largely to be thanked (blamed) for the "Wellington's Victory" battle
symphony which was originally conceived to be played on Maelzel's giant, air
pressure powered, mechanical orchestral machine, the panharmonicon (The
concert never came off, due to mechanical difficulty -- go figure!). Later
squabbling over the rights to the score led Beethoven to sue Maelzel, but it
was eventually settled out of court. In any event, as I recall, at least
SOME of the metronome markings on Beethoven's works are actually his own.

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Dee D. Hays" <deehays@-----.net>
Subject: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto

>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <JMarioneau@-----.com>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 12:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] enthused musings upon Mozart Concerto
>
>
> > Patty,
> > I have always thought that it should be marked quarter note@-----.
Maybe
> > that was an editor's mistake. I feel sure that Mozart probably didn't
put
> > any metronome marking. Some people play eighth note = 42 and you are
> right,
> > there is no music at that tempo (IMHO) and it is torturous to sit
through
> > someone (especially a mediocre student) playing that entire movement
that
> > slowly.
> > James Marioneaux
>
> It would seem highly unlikely that Mozart would have used a metronome
> marking. The metronome was invented by Dietrich Nikolais Winkel, who was
> born in approximately 1772 and died in approximately 1826. Mozart died in
> 1791. Thus the inventor of the metronome would only have been about 19
when
> Mozart died. Unfortunately the Encyclopedia Britannica does not say when
> the metronome actually appeared on the scene.
>
> Dee Hays
>
>
>
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