I’ve been thinking a lot about tempo lately.
Some of the thinking has its roots in the music I’m struggling to master for next week’s BSO Academy. I’m starting to get my fingers and bow around most of it — but at half-speed. I’m nowhere near as fast as the recordings I’ve been listening to of Hindemith, Rimskey-Korsakov, and now the Dvorak String Quintet in G (my designated chamber music piece – 2nd violin). And the thought of trying to play as fast as the music demands fills me with terror. Continue reading