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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 09 November 2018 at 5:09am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Worth a read:

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Certainly interesting.

This brings to my mind the idea that time seems to pass quicker now due to the universe speeding up (I think JB has alluded to this once or twice).

My mind really went !!! when the article mentioned the 222 CD boxed set of Bach! I wonder if Amazon will stock that!
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Yes, time is a function of the expansion of the universe, which scientists know is accelerating. Since we are embedded in the universe, thatís not something we should notice, and yet...
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Robbie Parry
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Well, someone was discussing a 2009 film recently. It does not feel right that the film will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year!
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Ageing seems to speed up time, when i was a kid, the six
week, school summer holiday seemed to last forever, now
we are about 9 weeks away from 2019...how did 2018 go so
fast?
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Consider this: when we are 10, ten years is our whole life. At 20, itís half our life. At 30, a third. And so on. (Another couple of trips around the Sun, and 10 years will be 1/7th of my life!!)

I think we have some kind of internal clock that keeps track of this.

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There must be an internal clock, yes.

It really dawned on me when someone told me Abrams' STAR TREK was released in 2009. It doesn't feel like ten years since that universe made its debut. 
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A study of three recordings of Bach doesn't seem a convincing selection.

I will throw in my anecdotal and unscientific oar with a recording from 2003 by Helen Grimaud of Bach's famous Prelude in C: LINK

and then compare it with a version recorded by Sviatoslav Richter, who died over 20 years ago (and was most likely recorded in the early 1970s): LINK

By way of contrast, I have read quite a lot on Beethoven, and the evidence suggests he struggled to get musicians of the day to play his pieces sufficiently fast enough. He wanted speed. Allegro con brio. He was not kidding.

A lot is down to the whim or interpretation of the maestro. Furtwangler and Von Karajan had a leaning to ponderous drama with the opening movement of Beethoven's 5th, which is probably at odds with how Beethoven would have wanted it. I have a 'historically informed' version recorded with Roger Norrington holding the baton that is a lot brisker, and without all the bluster. Also, compare with this early recording, which is at a break-neck speed: LINK
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Bill and JB's replies are something I have though/noticed for a long time - the 'quickness' of time seems inversely proportional to the percentage of your life that time has taken up.
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