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A plural of tempo.
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(Music, other) (in musical senses) the plural of tempo
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(ˈtɛm poʊ)

n., pl. -pos, -pi (-pē).
1. the rate of speed of a musical passage or work, usu. indicated by printed direction, as largo, or by a metronome setting.
2. any characteristic rate, rhythm, or pattern: the tempo of city life.
[1680–90; < Italian < Latin tempus time]
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Mozarts Tempo-System: Ein Handbuch fur die professionelle Praxis: Alle Autograph bezeichneten Tempi in 420 Gruppen von Stucken gleicher Charakteristik mit 392 kommentierten Notenbeispielen und allen relevanten Quellentexten.
Traendo spunto dalla teoria di Harald Weinrich intorno alie funzioni dei tempi verbali nel testo, espressa in un'opera fondativa della linguistica testuale, Tempus (1964), e basandosi anche sugli studi di Bertinetto e Ambrosini, che affrontano specificamente l'analisi del sistema verbale della lingua italiana e la questione dell'aspetto verbale in italiano antico, l'Autrice intende in questo percorso didattico chiamare a riflettere suila centralita del ruolo del verbo nel testo e sulle funzioni dei tempi verbali nella narrazione.
Instrumentalists, and I am speaking in generalities, regularly work with metronome tempi for etudes, scales, orchestral excerpts and other passages.
In live music the tempo often changes, and students who are not trained to listen to the music are unable to make the necessary adjustments as the tempi change."
Silvana Seidel Menchi, Anne Jacobson Schutte, and Thomas Kuehn, eds., Tempi e spazi di vita femminile tra medioevo ed eta moderna
Before considering Nancarrow's approach to acceleration, it will be useful to briefly summarize the primary structural elements of straight tempo canons--canons in which each voice remains in a constant tempo for large passages and the relationship of tempi between voices is not 1:1.