Strange string notation

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Strange string notation

Postby varnis » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:47 pm

Working on a typeset im doing I've run into notation where strings playing in unison have 3/4 note chords where the bottom or two notes are crotchets and the upper one/two are minims, Im assuming this means that you bow all four notes then sustain the top two?

Anyone clarify this for me?

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Re: Strange string notation

Postby horndude77 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:28 pm

These are triple or quadruple stopped notes. I believe they're played just as you described.

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Re: Strange string notation

Postby varnis » Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:44 pm

Indeed i know theyre multiple stops, i was just curious how theyre played is all, and that did seem the most sensible explanation ^^

While im on the subject of strange notation, Trombones on Alto Clef?

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Re: Strange string notation

Postby steltz » Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:35 pm

My husband is a trombone player, and he says alto clef for trombone players comes in Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart Requiem, etc. Russian publishers often put 1st trombone in alto clef, and the Classical repertoire used a small bore, high-range trombone --these would have had at least the 1st trombone in alto clef. He didn't think alto clef was strange at all. It would probably help to know which composer you are working on?
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Re: Strange string notation

Postby Melodia » Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:48 pm

Of course, in a lot of the older music, it was written for alto trombone....thus alto clef. Surprised it'd be in Prokofiev though.

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Re: Strange string notation

Postby varnis » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:07 am

Shostakovich for personal amusement, in my orange sikorski edition the trombones and tuba are written as 1+2 in alto and 3+tuba in bass clef - it just struck me as odd, since i'm fairly sure it's not intended for Alto trombone, I was expecting Tenor Clef :mrgreen:

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Re: Strange string notation

Postby steltz » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:58 am

@Melodia: he says a lot of Prokofiev symphonies have the 1st trombone part in alto.

@Varnis: he says as long as you are doing a modern typeset, please change it to tenor!!!!! That's what trombonists expect, and they have an easier time reading it.
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Re: Strange string notation

Postby varnis » Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:15 am

Ok, Tenor it is then :D Tenor's easier for me to read too, copying all those damn bassoon parts :evil:


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