On Your Metronome Mark…

I’ve have been practicing a lot in preparation for this coming Sunday’s Notes of Thanks concert in honor of Network for New Music’s Linda Reichert. That concert will feature the premiere of my Two Sketches (scroll down), and I will be covering the piano part. Some of that practicing has involved a metronome, so it seems a good time to review this excellent piece by Nathan Cole on metronome usage, inspired by the concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, Robert Chen. I think the essential point is to not use the metronome in a passive way.