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Debussy - Reverie Tempo? #1207557
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So I'm moving into the phase where I'm starting to watch/listen to recordings. On youtube I have found a plethora of tempos. I'm not really sure which is "correct" I know that there's interpretation. I'm more inclined to a slower tempo. The slower tempo makes me think of daydreaming. I'm going to get some recordings from the library for references from "professionals".
Any thoughts? What tempo do you play it at?


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Re: Debussy - Reverie Tempo? [Re: danthemusicman91] #1207601
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When you say you're more inclined to a "slower tempo" what is that tempo? Daydreaming is good; nodding off to sleep because the tempo is too slow is not good.

Remember that the work is marked Andantino (slightly faster than andante [1]to which Debussy adds sans lenteur. I think that Debussy is trying to assure that the performer not play this too slowly. It has to move with a gentle forward motion; I'd be inclined even to say that it should be felt as two in a bar rather than four. My tempo would not be any slower than MM=100 - quarter note.

I've listened to a few ponderously slow versions on You Tube - amateurs, all - and to my taste they give no sense of movement or direction to the piece, and they ignore Debussy's tempo indications. The great Aldo Ciccolini's tempo is exemplary, a little slower than mine, actually, but certainly an admirable one. Only a "professional" with the control that he has can take it this slowly and still make it both move and sing. Reverie, Ciccolini

[1] from the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary :
"A moderate tempo marking slightly faster than Andante and slower than Moderato. Although Andantino is the diminutive form of Andante and should designate a slower tempo than Andante, it actually came to mean the opposite. Prior to the late 18th century, Andantino may have actually meant slower than Andante."

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I need to buy and music dictionary before I leave for college. I just took out the metronome to see what I was actually playing. It's right around 90. I've seen some people on youtube play it at about 120. That really freaks me out.


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Originally Posted by danthemusicman91
I need to buy and music dictionary before I leave for college. I just took out the metronome to see what I was actually playing. It's right around 90. I've seen some people on youtube play it at about 120. That really freaks me out.


If that's 90 to the quarter note, then you're right about where Ciccolini plays it. I could find no fault with that.

A dictionary of musical terms is certainly handy to have if you're away from your computer and need an immediate translation, but with online dictionaries available at a click of the mouse, do you really need a "hard copy"?

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I probably will need one. At college I won't have my laptop all of the time and I don't know where I'll be practicing/studying.

What I really want is a buffer zone. From this tempo to this tempo it is acceptable. If anyone can give that to me that would help so much.


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Originally Posted by danthemusicman91
[...]What I really want is a buffer zone. From this tempo to this tempo it is acceptable. If anyone can give that to me that would help so much.


I think it is up to the individual to decide upon what tempo "feels" right for him. The better you know a piece, the better you feel what tempo is "right" for the combination of the piece and you.

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