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Dupre Noel Variations


Malcolm Kemp
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This movement is in 6/8 and the basic pulse seems to be that of a dotted crotchet yet the metronome marking is crotchet 84 which, mathematically, gives an equivalent of 56 for a dotted crotchet.

 

What speed to Board mambers adopt? Did Dupre intent dotted crotchet 84 or did he intend crotchet 84 as printed in the score (dotted crotchet 56)?

 

Malcolm

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This movement is in 6/8 and the basic pulse seems to be that of a dotted crotchet yet the metronome marking is crotchet 84 which, mathematically, gives an equivalent of 56 for a dotted crotchet.

 

What speed to Board mambers adopt? Did Dupre intent dotted crotchet 84 or did he intend crotchet 84 as printed in the score (dotted crotchet 56)?

 

Malcolm

 

 

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I don't do much French music, but you stumbled upon a rare exception with this; though it must be ten years sinceI played it as a voluntary or at a recital.

 

I dont have the right organ to play it on, but when I did, I was happy with the 84 set as a crotchet as per the score. Having said that, one of the most convincing performances I have on disc, played by the American organist Marsha Heather-Long, fairly rattles through the 2nd variation. I like both speeds I think, but the 84 dotted is a whole lot easier I suppose.

 

MM

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