This is generally so much faster than usual that people used to believe his metronome was out of kilter, and maybe it was, though now HIP performers take the numbers literally.
View Metrics. Conductors are going to take leeway without assigning metronomically precise meanings to those indications no matter what.Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 45 "Farewell" - I. Allegro Assai
In this particular instance, I think a faster allegro works very well. Musicologists may fret over such matters as the difference if any between "allegro assai" and "allegro molto" or "molto allegro," but where a George Szell is concerned, it's about musicianship, not scholarship.
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Who is online Users browsing this forum: While I sometimes wished he would get a move on, since I know most of that music well already, the principle makes sense to me. Books Received. Anyway, I wouldn't try to draw too much in the way of strict logic from Italian tempo indications.
The issue of how conductors interpret tempo markings reminds me of the intriguing case of the "Second Movement of Beethoven's 7th Symphony" as Conan Doyle might call it. For example, after the adagio opening, Haydn marks the allegro in the first movement of his Sym. The rest, while they have more or less invariable musical meanings, are if you look at their dictionary definitions the musical equivalent of talking with the hands.
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And perhaps they had a firmer meaning to Haydn's contemporaries than they do to us or may have been just as confusing. Article activity alert.
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I cannot believe that George Szell would take an allegro assai in a Haydn symphony at a more moderate pace unless there were very sound scholarship behind the practice.
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