(or speed or movement)
This chapter presents the concept of tempo or movement and the ways of indicating tempo in Harmony-Melody.
Musical theory reminder :
Tempo is the speed at which your tune is played. It is indicated in a score by using terms such as : Andante (moderate), Allegro (animated) ...
It can also be written as a musical note followed
by the equals sign and the metronome setting
for this note.
For example, a quarter note followed by "=100" means 100 quarter notes will be played in one minute.
In Harmony-Melody you can set the General tempo (Score>General tempo) to specify the global value of the tune's playing speed. This value is given as the number of quarter notes per minute.
In addition to this general tempo, you can set
a tempo change anywhere in the score.
When clicking on a score with this tool, a new item appears. It has several elements. By default, tempo change has no effect on playing speed, it only indicates the current tempo value at this location in the score. If you edit it and change its values, tune playing speed will be changed from this location onwards.
To delete a tempo change, use the delete (lightning bolt) tool.
You can move or resize the tempo change item by using the Select (lasso) tool on this item.
Double-clicking on an
item edits it and enables
to change its internal values.
Here is an example of a tempo change item in Harmony-Melody :
From left to right, you see :
With a smooth change, tempo will change smoothly
until the desired value is reached.
This change will be more or less rapid, according to the size of the tempo change item. When a smooth change is completed, tempo stays at the latest value, i.e. the one you set in the tempo window.
In our example, the change of tempo will begin on the first quarter note, and reach a final value of 120 at the third note.
The speed at which your tune is played is set mainly by the general tempo. If you change this value, all tempo change items on your score will be adapted automatically.
Here are some of the terms most commonly used
to express tempo values :
|Largo||Broad, very slow|
|Larghetto||A little bit faster than Largo|
|Adagio||A little bit faster than lento.|
|Andantino||A little bit faster than andante|
|Prestissimo||As fast as possible|
Some other terms can be added to specify the style
more precisely :
|Con brio||With animation|
|Con fuoco||With fire|