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Tempo on Handel's Largo

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Beginner Bass, Apr 14, 2010.


  1. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    My school has a solo-ensemble competition coming up. My solo is Handel's Largo from Xerxes. I need a good tempo I can set a metronome too to practice with. I have found everything from 56-64 BPM. Sorry, I'm (as you can probably tell) new to the DB forum.
     
  2. neilG

    neilG

    Jun 15, 2003
    Ventura, CA
    Is this the piece? I'm not familiar with a bass transcription of it.
     
  3. Michael Glynn

    Michael Glynn

    Feb 25, 2004
    Seattle
    I would probably err on the faster side, especially if you are something of a beginner as your user name indicates. That piece can sound really great slow, but it can also kind of die if not handled well. At the faster end of your range it has a little feeling of forward motion, while at the slower end it almost has an out-of-time feel. If you play really beautifully and expressively the slow tempo might work great, but you might risk putting the judges to sleep.

    You might be interested to know that in the original opera, the piece is actually marked "larghetto" which is a little faster than largo.
     
  4. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    Thanks Michael. I think I'll go with faster. I am a relative beginner, as I'vo only been playing about 1.5 yrs.

    And Neil, yes, that is the one.
     
  5. Beginner Bass

    Beginner Bass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Round Rock, TX
    A&R, Soulless Corporation Records
    Had to take it up to about 70 due to time constraints for the performance.
     
  6. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN

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