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Apr
24
comment How do I play a difficult song with chords my fingers cannot reach?
When you can't reach all notes of a chord, as a rule you play it as a fast arpeggio rather than omitting any. This is so common that composers rarely bother notating it.
Apr
11
comment Playing arpeggio on black notes with white note third
The placement of piano keys in the second arpeggio is virtually identical to the first one, so why wouldn't you use the exact same fingering?
Apr
6
comment Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering
By "unequal" I mean that the note before the horrendous leap from 5 to 5 will end up sounding a little earlier than theoretically correct, and the one after a little later than theoretically correct. Small deviations like this aren't harmful, in fact they add expressivity if you know you'll need them and plan for them.
Apr
6
comment Triangle above note, with dot in it
It should be noted that while the fermata is commonplace, and square fermatas are somewhat frequent in modern scores, the triangle fermata is really, really rare. I've been using sheet music for decades, and I've never encountered a single one, ever.
Apr
3
comment What is this extension on the scroll of a double bass?
Many orchestral bass players possess/play two different instruments, because it's such a hassle to ferry it to work and back every day. In fact, I know a player who has only a small 3-string instrument at home and a proper 5-string bass stored at the opera house.
Apr
3
comment Gaspard de la Nuit: Scarbo fingering
Yes, using the thumb on two white keys simultaneously is exactly the kind of cochonnerie that Ravel would write. In fact, the edition I have is explicitly annotated 11-23-11-23.
Mar
31
comment What is good fingering for these piano note sequence?
Asking the inernet for fingerings is a bad idea, since everyone's hands, training and habits are very different. I wouldn't even think about playing this any other way than 51-1-5-3-2-1, but that doesn't mean that you should play it this way at all.
Mar
15
comment Why John Cage 4'33“ last for 4'33”?
Our chamber choir has performed 4'33", and I can confirm that this is quite a reasonable time span for getting the point of the composition across, without getting tedious.
Mar
15
comment What factors should be considered when planning a recital program
I would add to 3. that the effort required to prepare a piece is often (a) unconnected to its perceived difficulty in the minds of the listeners and (b) independent of its general popularity. So the neglected pieces are those that require much effort for little payoff w.r.t. impressing and pleasing the audience.
Mar
6
comment What is the interval from C double flat to E double sharp called?
This is a lot like asking, "How do I render an acute, a grave, a circumflex and a tilde above the same vowel?". A guru for some typesetting engine might be able to give you an answer, but it's a quite useless feat except for displaying "mad typesetting skillz". The thing you want to achieve simply doesn't occur in any reasonable text.
Feb
22
comment What's this horizontal bar notation in liturgy called?
Lilypond call this "recitativic chant", and there is no proposed method of typesetting it other than a single, non-elongated breve (lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/notation/…)
Feb
12
comment Why are the black keys on some ancient fortepianos now white on modern pianos?
Side note: the Bösendorfer Imperial is famous for having more than the standard 88 kezs in the bass register, and the additional ones are all-black, so as not to interfere with the pianist's peripheral orientation. These are the only instruments I know of with mixed-color natural keys.
Feb
12
comment Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3
Yes, it's definitely intended to be played with two keys to one finger - usually this is done for the thumb only. It isn't really all that hard to play, it just goes against every habit a good pianist is supposed to cultivate (hitting keys exactly in the right spot is just as important as exact intonation on a string instrument).
Feb
3
comment What is this cross staff tied/slurred note supposed to be?
I have played this piece, and the chord must definitely be e-a-c sharp-d sharp. So the fact that there isn't a natural accidental in front of the e is simply an editor's error.
Jan
7
comment Need help figuring out the key of this melody
This is not in any single key, since you're using too many contradictory alterated notes. A tune that contains b, d and d sharp cannot be played in any of the diatonic keys.
Jan
4
comment Typeset whole note as full measure in 6/8 time in Lilypond
Sure, you can just say c1*6/8 to get a note that looks like a whole note but sounds for 6/8. But I agree that simply correcting the score is the better option.
Dec
22
comment slur options in sheet music
Composers rarely use dashed slurs to express their intent (they're a pain to write and make you look indecisive). If you find a dashed slur in a printed score, it's almost always either an alternate-lyrics caution or a caution to signify "added by the editor" (editor's additions are usually set in italics, but slurs can't be italicized, so you dash them instead).
Dec
20
comment accidentals in measure
That may be the rule in theory, but in practice any musician would curse you loudly if you published a bar like this. Contradictory notes within one bar are so unusual and so disruptive that every practitioner expects a cautionary 'natural' mark for the non-affected note, and this is virtually always done (just like for non-altered notes in the next measure).
Dec
16
comment Do the notes of a chord form parallel octaves, even when they are not played simultaneously?
These aren't parallel octaves, because your voices don't make simultaneous steps separated by an octave (the bass moves to e flat before the alto does). There are, however, parallel ninths.
Dec
14
comment How to transcribe a score without a rigid tempo?
Tempo fluctuation has nothing whatsoever to do with being "a capella". That simply means "without accompaniment".