andantino in 6/8? how fast?

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andantino in 6/8? how fast?

Post by Peter_Mortelmans » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:14 am

I am working on the nocturne by Carl Henzen, which is an andantino in 6/8. If andantino is approx. 70 bpm, I am wondering if that is 70 quarter notes (which is the usual unit for speed), or 70 dotted quarter notes per minute (because the beats are on the 1st and 4th note)
I think normally in 6/8, it should be the dotted quarter note, but for this particular piece, it seems too fast, so that's why I start doubting.

By the way, this is one of the nicest beginner's pieces I have played so far.

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Re: andantino in 6/8? how fast?

Post by Sean Eric Howard » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:26 pm

Unless I'm totally daft, shouldn't the eighth note be getting that beat? Is there some other direction provided by the composer?
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Re: andantino in 6/8? how fast?

Post by Jeffrey.C » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:27 am

It means the dotted crotchet gets that beat, unless it states otherwise, like if it said dotted minim = 70 or quaver = 70. Whenever you see a tempo marking, the beats of the bar are played at the indicated tempo.

If you feel that 70bpm is too fast for the piece, take it slower, no one is going to kill you if you make it sound musical.
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Re: andantino in 6/8? how fast?

Post by Peter_Mortelmans » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:57 am

Thanks, That's what I thought, but I wanted to get confirmation that my life is not in danger... :lol:

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