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On metronomes and performance nerves,
with Classical Music agony aunt ALICE McVEIGH

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? 'Dear Alice,
As I was browsing in an antique mall the other day a loud ticking sound started up and continued for several minutes. Investigating, I found a mechanical, wind-up metronome in action in the unattended booth of one of the dealers. I stopped it in the normal way...

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