Peter Clark Posted April 3, 2008 Share Posted April 3, 2008 How much rubato is acceptable in baroque music? I'm not just talking about the slower pieces such as O Mensch, disussed elswhere here recently, but some of the faster movements. The organ voluntary laast week at the Mass at Westminster Cathedral was Buxtehude D major P+F, and I swear that there was considrable latitude in this regard granted by a very capable player (whose name was not given but was not Martin Baker), for example at the first pedal entry in the prelude. Is it a matter of personal taste? Is there historic evidence either way? Is it a "fashion" thing - indeed does it depend of the instrument on which and/or acoustic in which you are playing? Would, say, Widor have played Bach significantly differently from a contemporary player such as Dr Jackson, were they to play the same insrument? Peter PS (editing) looking a Fiffaro's post in the Why do we bother thread, I am reminded that I too had to "shh" some people during this voluntary; not only were they talking but were taking photos with the attendant clicking and flashing despite this being forbidden by the cathedral authorities. And of course as has been remarked many times before, lots of people - not just organists - see the voluntary as part of the worship. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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