Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Bbmad, Mar 31, 2015.
Can anyone tell me what the correct tempo for "God Save the Queen" is?
I spoke to a military DOM he said 72bpm.
I always notice how much faster the military bands take it than others.
According to the monarchy site there is no official version so I suppose any tempo is ok
When the Anthem is played as a salute, it is generally quicker than when intended for singing.
One of my pet hates is MD's who drag the rear end out of it. As an ex army musician, I side with their approach to it. Huge ralls at the end - also wrong imho.
You also only play half of it unless her maj is present when played as a salute.
I've been reliably informed (by a former principal cornet of a Guards regimental band) that the "done thing" is to play the final eight bars slightly slower than the first six bars; can't say what the actual correct tempo is, (although 72bpm sounds about right to me). Aforementioned former PC was also absolutely insistent that it should always be played in G major concert pitch, and that to play it in any other key is tantamount to treason. So much for No. 61, then ...
As former principal cornet of a Parachute Regiment Band, I have never come across that concept of playing the second half slower. I can't recall what key we used though.
For me, these awful slow tempo's used by bands playing No.1 at contest are the real treason here!
Possibly just a Guards thing; they like to think they're special ...
Indeed - I would have had 2 stripes instead of the one had I been in the guards.
On a more serious note, we did have a number of guards players on tMp - perhaps one of them might respond.
I believe her Majesty has been known to send a message to Md's when one's tune has been played to slow. All guards md's know the required tempo in her presence. As a salute or accompanying a toast it a full anthem for the queen and half for other royals.
one of my pet hates is hearing "God save our Queen" when it should be "God save the Queen" - usually by some cross-over "artist" at sporting events
Thanks for you help so far everyone
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