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The composer, when consulted by the first music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Nikolai Sokoloff, corrected the Scherzo's initial metronome marking from 126 to 160 (in layman's terms, from fast to crazy fast).
Two men managed near perfect scores with ease, their firing as steady as metronomes.
With this in mind, United's financial department have given Jose Mourinho the green light to offer his north-London counterparts an opportunity to cash in on the stalling midfield metronome.
Pulsars keep time like a metronome, but the detected fast radio bursts from 121102 don't appear (yet) to come at regular intervals.
The Patriots, for a generation, have been metronomes of success.
Each character in the novel embodies those extremes, oscillating between them, sometimes like a metronome, sometimes like a ticking time bomb.
With a metronome-like tapping in my ear, the app coached me to pick up the pace slightly, just five or 10 steps per minute higher than my current rate.
The Spanish metronome has established himself as one of the best playmakers in world football over the past couple of years at Bayern Munich, and is very much viewed as 'the one that got away' in the eyes of many Blaugrana supporters.
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Did You Know?
The patent for the metronome was entered in 1816: "John Malzl [sic], of Poland-street, Middlesex, Machinist; for an instrument . . . which he denominates a Metronome, or musical time-keeper." The courts, however, later proved that the aforementioned Johann Maelzel copied a pendulum design of Dietrich Winkel, making Winkel the actual inventor. Nonetheless, Maelzel was the more successful marketer of the metronome and even has a notation named after him. The "M.M." in notations like "M.M. = 60" stands for "Maelzel's metronome" and indicates a tempo of 60 beats per minute or a beat per tick of the metronome as it ticks 60 times, in the case of our example. The name of the invention itself is based on the Greek words metron, meaning "measure," and nomos, meaning "law."
METRONOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of metronome for English Language Learners
: a device that makes a regular, repeated sound to show a musician how fast a piece of music should be played
METRONOME Defined for Kids
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