MUSEUM OF MUSIC

UP BEAT!
METRONOMES AND MUSICAL TIME

20.1.2017–4.2.2018

At the heart of «Up Beat!» are over 175 metronomes, musical chronometers and pulse-givers from the private collection of Tony Bingham in London, each of which has a story to tell. Alongside these ticking timekeepers from the 18th to 20th century, the exhibition also explores themes of concern for us all, such as how rhythm affects us, how listening to music influences inner pulse and the importance of being «in sync» with one another.

The launch of the metronome 200 years ago gave the world a mechanical means of measuring musical time. Suddenly, tempi could be defined exactly and composers no longer had to rely on approximate terms like Adagio, Andante or Allegro. The success of the metronome in composers’ studies, practice rooms, concert halls and later in recording studios certainly changed peoples feel for musical time with lasting effect. Although first and foremost a means of setting tempi, the metronome was soon being used to drill young players and eventually became a strict timekeeper for music itself.

At the heart of our special exhibition «Up Beat!» are over 175 metronomes, musical chronometers and pulse-givers from the private collection of Tony Bingham in London, each of which has a story to tell. Alongside these ticking timekeepers from the 18th to 20th century, the exhibition also explores themes of concern for us all, such as how rhythm affects us, how listening to music influences inner pulse and the importance of being «in sync» with one another.

The show is flanked by a wide-ranging programme of concerts and talks as well as a blog in which well-known Baslers describe the role of the metronome and/or of rhythm in their lives.

On the occassion of the exhibition an illustrated catalogue of the Metronome Collection of Tony Bingham will be published, available at the museum.

OPENING TIMES

HMB – Museum für Musik
Im Lohnhof 9
4051 Basel
T +41 (0)61 205 86 00

Wednesday till Saturday  2–6 pm
Sunday  11 am–5 pm

ADMISSION

CHF 10.– 
CHF 5.– (reduced)
Children under the age of 13 are free of charge.

guided tours

All guided tours cost CHF 5.- as well as the admission to the museum. 

GUIDED TOURS

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GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Sunday, 26.2.2017, 3 pm

GUIDED TOURS ON REQUEST

We would be happy to give you and your group a guided tour of our museums. Group Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For information on Tour subjects and how to book, please contact us by mail or call us on +41 (0)61 205 86 70.

EVENTS

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17.3.2017: Metronom-Concert

Friday, 17.3.2017, 7.30 pm 

The Basel Academy of Music is presenting their latest creations. 

Place: Museum of Music

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8.6.2017: #Tweevening «My heart does not beat like a metronome»

Thursday, 8.6.2017, 7.30–11.00 pm

An interactive evenening with percussion compositions by Domenico Melchiorre as well as Terry Rileys minimalistic musical work «In C» by musicians of the Basel Simphony Orchestra.

Place: to be announced 

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20.8.2017: FINAL DAY

Sunday, 20.8.2017, 3 pm–6.00 pm 

A performance of 100 metronomes «Poème symphonique» (1962) by György Ligeti

Find the full programme (in German) here.