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John Corigliano's oboe concerto starts with the oboe tuning, as part of the first movement. I have no idea how it's notated for the ensemble, though knowing the composer, I doubt it's very precise.


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You may want to check out Tuning Up by Edgard Varèse. It's not exactly what you're looking for, but it's an earlier example than the Corigliano mentioned earlier. I also wanted to mention a story I once heard. It may be apocryphal, but I don't believe it was. I've forgotten the source, so I wanted to share it in case anyone else knows any more details: A ...


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I think it depends very much on whether you take the "old school" view that fingering a passage like this involves "passing the thumb under", or the more modern idea the that driving force comes from your hand and arm moving sideways, and not from your fingers. There is nothing "wrong" with either method. The difference is mainly in how you move and ...


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You should consider that whole six note passage, rather than just that one note/finger. Changing that 5 to 4 changes how the other surrounding notes lie on the hand, and requires changing those fingerings as well. Playing the six note group E-D#-F#-C# B#-D#, try first with the fingering as written in your excerpt, and then with 1241 24. For most hands and ...


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It seems user314159 got it right in his comment where he said there is no consensus, and to prove it here's yet another approach by the composer and piano pedagogue Louis Kholer, where he, interestingly enough, specifies the finger for the f# in the second (an octave below) passage, but not in the first passage. The two phrases are almost identical and ...


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It seems that this is a topic that has been debated for some time, since at least the 18th century. Mattheson (quoted in Anthony Newman) suggests that tactus is indeed related to heartbeat. He further says that systolic and diastolic 'beats' can be thought of as up and down beats, as in a 2/2 time signature or similar. This might have some truth in it, ...



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