This is not really a Dorico specific question:
I have some simple piano pieces which all are set in compound meter (6/8 or 12/8).
Left hand is playing three-note arpeggios (in eighth notes) throughout, so per each beat (of a dotted quarter note) there is one arpeggio.
The melody in the right hand also mainly consists of phrases in 8th notes, so although the beat is moderately slow the 8th note time feel makes the tunes quite lively.
I wonder how such tempos translate to italian tempo markings. For example: most of the pieces have a tempo between q. (dotted quarter) = 60 and 80. In Dorico’s list of tempo markings there would be Adagio (60) and Andante (80), but these are in my opinion markings for rather slow tempos and do not match the feel of the music.
Another approach would be to take the 8th notes as a metronome reference, this would triple the tempo, now they would be somewhere between 180 and 240. As I understand it everything above 180 is considered Presto, so there would be no room for disambiguition which also does not seem quite right to me.
Or, a mathematical approach: as there are more notes in a beat than in simple meter the music feels faster at the same tempo, so maybe give the tempo in dotted quarter, but take the italian terms that would fit to the resulting tempo for a regular quarter? For example: q. = 80 results in q = 120 (Allegro), or in other words: In compound meter of tempo 80 the eighth notes are as fast as the eighth notes in simple meter of tempo 120 thus making allegro the appropriate marking.
Any thoughts or knowledge to share?