YourClassical Adventures

Keep Up the Tempo

The conductor helps the entire orchestra maintain the same speed in a piece of music.Wan San Yip/Unsplash

Episode 32 - Keep Up the Tempo

YourClassical Adventures: Episode 32 - Tempo


April 23, 2021

How do the musicians keep a consistent speed in music?

Episode 32 playlist

Johann Sebastian Bach: Air on a G String — Here's an example of music played at a slow tempo.

LISTEN — Johann Sebastian Bach: Air on a G String

Jacques Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld — Here's a piece of ballet music played at a fast tempo.

LISTEN — Jacques Offenbach: Can Can

George Gershwin: Walking the Dog — How would you describe this tempo? A medium pace, like walking through the park?

LISTEN — George Gershwin: Walking the Dog

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