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Henri Bertini - Etudes opus 29, nrs. 14, 19, 20, 23. In what tempo?

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Published on Oct 26, 2011

Henri Bertini (1798-1876) was a piano teacher in Paris. He wrote a lot of piano studies with an educational purpose. The studies op. 29 are written as introductory studies to those of J.B. Cramer. Obvious he had the intention to give the young piano pupils adequate exercises. Because he was very attached to a good expression and a good tempo he wrote down not only Italian words but also metronome markings.
In the 19th century composers and players read the metronome markings differently than we do now. They heard in the sound of the metronome "tick-tack", and one "tick-tack" they gave one count. So, we have to halve the numbers.
I play every study twice: the first time in a tempo of half the number, and the second time in the tempo as indicated by the metronome number.
I play on my copy of a Viennese forte-piano, built by Dulcken of Munich.
The indications in these studies are:
Study 14 : Allegro; 1/2 note = 44; 1/2 note = 88
Study 19: Aria - Allegro; 1/2 note = 44; 1/2 note = 88
Study 20: Presto; 1/2 note = 63; 1/2 note = 126
Study 23: Andante; 1/4 note = 42; 1/4 note = 84

Info: www.gerardvanreenen.nl

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