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#3229562 07/01/22 03:53 PM
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I think the piece is played correctly here





But some people follow the score which has a different tempo and it sounds incorrect.





Is this common knowledge to play it like above and how exactly do we know this?

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Are you referring only to the opening Grave section? The three videos that include the Allegro Moderato section vary significantly in tempo.


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It is usually played in (french?) baroque overture style, with double dotting. Also usually played much faster than the last two versions. Something like this:


This may be considered a bit on the fast side for some, but I find it to be more consistent with the way other Handel works are usually played, FWIW.


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I think it is not only a question of tempo but also of accentuation and how you play the dotted notes. This piece is in the form of a french ouverture. The first section in slow tempo in 2/2 followed by a fast section in fugal form. The slow section must convey sense of grandeur and nobility. It is also customary to add some snap by slightly overdotting, though that is something that is subject to discussion.


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Thank you.

I did not know what an overture was so I googled it and found a video that may be of interest.



I hope it's accurate as I was going to watch the video about other forms

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Why is it not written with double dots if that's how it is intended to be played?

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Why is it not written with double dots if that's how it is intended to be played?

I think the simple - if not simplistic - answer to that question is: that was the tradition at the time, depending upon the context and/or the form of a particular piece of music.

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Why is it not written with double dots if that's how it is intended to be played?

It is not necessarily double dots, the amount of overdotting, when needed, is left to the appreciation of the performer depending on the context. There is an interesting discussion related to the french overture by Bach where he notated in 32nd.


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