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In a recent episode of the Radiolab show, they were discussing Beethoven having written his symphonies at a tempo that is much faster than how his symphonies are played and recorded today.  They note that many times Betthoven’s work is played around 74 beats per minute, while in actuality Beethoven has the tempo marked at 108 beats per minute!  You can check out that episode of Radiolab, Radiolab: Speedy Beats , here.  The mention of 108 beats per minute is around the 5 minute mark.