If I am playing something in 2/4 time and it states allegro roughly how many bpm should I be doing?
I theory 130/150 crochets per minutes but It is not an absolute truth. "Allegro" means something like "cheerfully happy". If it sounds "cheerfully happy" you are probably doing it right.
They are still debating the Ouverture of the Marriage Of Figaro
edit I feel like adding my favourite tempo marking:
[h=1]Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto - attacca[/h]
I feel like adding my favourite tempo marking:
Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo rustico, senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto - attacca
Probably explains why Ravel orchestrated it...He was drunk most of the time, could be that as well...
I just checked this site out and looked at a few Charlie Parker recordings. It's terribly inaccurate. All the tempos were way too slow and it showed "Moose the Mooche" having a time signature of 3/4. Not sure where they are getting their information but clearly no one has listened to these recordings.
We’re more leisurely over here, about 108. Pretty cool, almost Disco.At least in the U.S. 120 bpm is the "standard" march tempo. I know some British marches are slower. I have always used that tempo as the "entry level" to allegro. It is all relative to the style. A dance tune played at 110 - 120 bpm in jazz would be a "moderate" swing.