Tempo text font

Can one change the font for tempo text as per here:


I am aware of this page but I can’t see that setting:

Yes, that’s the Immediate tempo text font font style in Library > Font Styles.

Oh I am so dumb! Thanks - a big help!

In my view we users can’t be blamed for looking for tempo text under T alphabetically. The fact that it’s under either G or I eluded me for quite a while, and I imagine this happens to most every user who ventures there.


Tempo, Immediate
Tempo, gradual
would have been better names?

Further, might the Team consider to add “a tempo” (in gradual tempo style) to the Immediate Tempo section as an option in the Properties pane? I assume it is a new modern (Gould?) style to use A tempo (or a Tempo) in big bold, but much of the classical music uses “a tempo” in bold italic. Yes, I can define a new paragraph style, but for obvious reasons, it would be better with an extension/option of the immediate tempo group IMO.

Related to this, which prob. have been said before, could the text box for the name be wider?


“Boots, Pair, Parade-ground, for the use of”, as they say in the Army.

If I create an ‘a tempo’ in the popover, it is described in the Status Bar as an Immediate Tempo, and does follow the Immediate Tempo Font Style. Or do you want the opposite?

Yes, Gould is in favour of ALL tempo objects being bold and above the staff.

I’m sure some traditionally engraved scores use “a tempo” after a gradual tempo change in the same italic type, but “much of the classical music” is a stretch, I’d say.

You can’t assign a Paragraph Style to a Tempo object. You could create a ‘rall’, and then change the text to “a tempo”, but you’d have to deal with the maths of the relative change.

I would like to use the immediate “A tempo”, but have the option to display it as the “classical” (at least in the sense of organ and piano) way, lower case, italic, bold, like gradual tempo/expression.

I’m sure there were some practical reasons “in the old days” they printed it like this, even though many French editions use “a Tempo” and “A tempo” in big/bold. Many editions printed “a tempo” (lc, bold, italic) in the middle of the grand staff and having “A tempo” there big and bold would look strange. Right, they should have placed it above, but Gould was not around back then.

I fully understand Gould’s logic, it’s just that when it comes to a passage with

rit. … a tempo … rit. … a tempo … rit. … a tempo … rit. … a tempo … rit. … a tempo …

it looks very strange with every 2nd word much larger.

I have no stats, but in my (smaller) library I would say most of the old editions use the lowercase version (not saying it is logical, just stating how it was made).

Yes, my “solution” so far have had been to use the gradual tempo to get the layout, but, as you say, needing to “ignore” the playback. I’m more interested in notation/presentation than playback so it does not matter much. But, an option in the properties would be nice for those of us that like the “old style”.