Like most American tenors, he shows reluctance to drop below mezzo piano
, but the spinto is genuine and he persuasively suggested that greater refinement would not benefit the role.
In such a situation, methodological choices are obbligato, and, thankfully, McGowan delivers them smartly and mezzo piano
so as not to detract from her artful recreation of what dance meant and entailed in sixteenth-century Europe, especially France.
This is a very quiet piece, the dynamic level remaining at piano, pianissimo, or mezzo piano
most of the time, rising only once to forte before subsiding to a luminous pianissimo ending.
When it says Mezzoforte in both parts, it often means that the pianist should be Mezzo piano
and the violinist, for example, should be Mezzo forte-plus.
You know, terms like staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, fortissimo to legato mezzo piano
In the C minor slow movement the first solo is marked forte; but that dynamic level surely holds only for two bars: the lyrical melody that follows, accompanied by the strings, whose parts are marked Soli p, suggests a dynamic level of mezzo forte or mezzo piano
Themelodic and dynamic ranges for the singer are less demanding than the more emotional first two songs of the cycle, extending only to G4 and dynamically from mezzo piano