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Re: Off topic - SITT 20 Studies in Double Stops

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Off topic - SITT 20 Studies in Double Stops
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:05:36 +0200
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Lukas-Fabian Moser <address@hidden> writes:

>>> The following is one excerpt from the Sitt book, 20 studies in
>>> Double Stops.
>>> Why in the first three measures the G, D and A are written as
>>> g4~4~4~4  d4~4~4~4  a4~4~4~4 instead of g1 d1 a1? Any idea?
>> That’s clearly due to the pedagogical purpose; since the etudes are
>> about Double Stops, the author wanted to make more immediately
>> obvious what exact double stop is played at the moment. (Which I
>> feel would make more sense if neither note was on an open string,
>> but I guess that also appears later in the work.)
> One might add that string players sometimes tend to not precisely
> adhere to the written note length in polyphonic double stops: Think of
> the instances where Bach writes a longer note combined in polyphony
> with shorter notes which are _not_ legato.
> Playing non-legato and repeating the long note over and over again
> would be silly.

So?  You detach the bow from the string with the non-legato note and
keep it on the string with the long note.  Then you make bow contact
with the non-legato string again for its next note, never stopping the
sounding of the long note.

It's sort of a rocking bow action while continually playing the long
note.  Been there, done that.  Indeed, in Bach partitas.  Takes a bit of
practice in order not to let the long note wobble too much but very well
worth it.

Not relevant for the original question: I agree that the notation is
pedagogical (and focused on the execution) rather than musical there.

David Kastrup

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