I love this quartet 'They can't take that away from me'. It is quite hard to settle on a tempo that everyone in the quartet likes. Personally I prefer a 'very lively' start and then settle into the well known tune at a moderato tempo. There is a temptation to take it too slow and then the 'dreamy section' becomes 'spaced out' and the whole piece goes on forever. The quavers are 'straight' and not 'swing', which can make it seem dull if the speed is too slow.
The cellist in my quartet would disagree with me.
- (Bournemouth, United Kingdom)