Performance practice

Debussy on Metronome markings

You know what I think about metronome marks: they’re right for a single bar, like “roses, with a morning life”. Only there are “those” who don’t hear music and who take these marks as authority to hear it still less! But do what you please.

— Debussy, Letter to Jacques Durand of 9 October 1915

F. Lesure & N. Nichols (ed.), Debussy Letters, London, Faber, 1987, p. 305

By Greg

Australian composer and pianist