Ugh. Did I pick the wrong piece to prove my point? How about Nachtmusik then? Does that make you feel better? The fact is tempo is a learned skill. If you doubt that then I'll have to call you a fool. Please don't make me call you a fool. Larry is a nice guy who lacks a life and so he finds some kind of peace in starting these conversations. This one has an answer, regardless of who knew it. Tempo/BPM is a skill that people have possessed for many hundreds of years.Modern conductors are always arguing about the tempo of Beethoven pieces, some of his markings seem impossible and we really have no idea how accurate his metronome was. As I understand it, there's only a small minority of conductors who insist on sticking rigidly to the written tempo.