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1. flexibility of tempo in performance
2. to be played with a flexible tempo



in music, a term designating a rhythmically free (not strictly in time) execution of the notes. Rubato is usually associated with the acceleration and slackening of tempo.

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The difficulty in "teaching" rubato, however, is that it really does have to come from an inner place.
And so, here we have two factors in Carter--the limited practicality of rubato and the deliberate distortion of natural speech rhythm--that pose a conundrum to the well-trained singer, who has absorbed the message that idiomatic (i.
7 Annette Messager and Gerard Pesson, Rubato ma glissando (Festival d'automne at Maison de I'Architecture, Paris) Here audiences were welcomed to the garden of the Maison de I'Architecture by a giant, convulsing man--in actuality a white balloon inflated by strong blasts of air--before entering the venue in a somewhat ritualistic manner.
The recitals at Middlebury and Carnegie Hall were rich demonstrations of his special mastery of space in music--getting the air between the notes--and the lightest insinuation of rubato at key points, where a millisecond delay or a slightly anticipated chord makes all the difference between a studied literalism and a kind of easy, improvisational musical nonchalance.
The tempo rubato Montgeroult describes, a so-called true rubato, was first mentioned by Tosi in 1723 and later described for the keyboard by C.
Rubato emerges from the forest with a dead television anchorperson stretched across his shoulders.
Tamminga's sense of rubato, though less energetic than Stembridge's, is no less involving and satisfying.
The perennial preoccupation of critics and writers with the good or bad use of rubato (in its modern sense of 'tempo flexibility') is illustrated by two recent reports: a Daily Telegraph obituary of the Takacs Quartet's violist Gabor Ormai on 1 August 1995, referring to his 'sense of rubato.
the performer introduces 'a bit of rubato' into his improvisation, we have no way of knowing, prior to his preparation of an autograph, whether the rubato is 'required for correctness of occurrence', is merely a performance choice of the moment, or perhaps a recommendation, to be written into the score, for what the composer takes to be an optimal performance.
Even the "shared characteristics" listed above function quite differently from composer to composer: to judge from his recording of English Country Tunes,(3) Finnissy's notation encourages virtuosic display and improvisatory expansiveness in a manner similar to rubato in Chopin and Liszt, whereas Ferneyhough's notation, through the articulation of structure by bar-lines and the proliferation of nested rhythms (which Finnissy uses rarely), stimulates a very different kind of performative energy.
Entempo LLC announces a new 20 GB music player, Rubato, with Digital Rights Management (DRM) and ShoX(TM) technology, based on the ST 3550 series chipset.
After establishing a hierarchy based on the rhythmic-harmonic setting of the language, discussions of rubato will naturally ensue.