A brief history of musical tempo - illustrated talk by Patrick Hemmerlé

Clare Hall's Musician-in-Residence, Patrick Hemmerlé, shares an illustrated talk on musical tempo. The talk will analyse the attitude of both composers and performers to this critical aspect of performance. Is the perception of the 'correct' tempo individual to composers, or is it determined by the style and period in which they have worked? The various ways by which composers have tried to convey their intentions will be examined, together with the attitudes of performers towards these instructions. Historical recordings will be presented, together with contemporary reports and historical timings, to help uncover some surprising facts which can bring well-known works into a completely new light.

Saturday 27th February from 8pm, live from Clare Hall via YouTube.

About the musician
Acclaimed for the originality of his programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in Cambridge. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Preludes and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emanuel, whose public reputation has yet to rise to their worth. Recent pre-pandemic engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in England. He has published 3 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means that he is in demand as a lecturer.

Hemmerlé is laureate of the international competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.

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