Tempo changes in Renaissance Masses
Date: February 12, 2012
Does anyone know if there is any historical justification for the widespread (at least in the UK) habit of speeding up at various points in Renaissance Masses? Quoniam in the Gloria, et resurrexit in the Credo and Hosanna in the Sanctus, for instance. I've always assumed that it was a 19th century affectation and dislike it, and think that if you set the correct tempo at the start of a section you can achieve the desired change of mood by other means. Any thoughts?
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