Today, I'd like to show you the first appearance of the modern "tempo marks", and the idea of "allegro" in the 18th century by comparing two different editions (the first one and the last one) of an interesting dictionary of music called "Dictionnaire de musique" by Sébastien de Brossard.
At the present day, "Allegro" is widely considered "fast and energetic" tempo. Giving the fact that the literal meaning of the word "allegro" in Italian is "cheerful" or "joyous", it is easy to imagin that such moods resulted quick tempo, rather than slow one. But how fast is it?
Today's topic is the first appearance of the term "Allegro".
Personal computers and music notation applications enable us to write a decent sheet music quite easily. I enjoy writing sheet music on my computer. However, the more I learn about it, the more I realise how amazing and wonderful the art of craftsmanship is (was).
Today, I'm talking about music engraving.
Today, I'll show you the origin of the divisibility of the modern note values and the time signature. Have you ever wondered why the symbol of C means 4/4 time or "alla breve" means "2/2" time? You'll find out now.