3

If I want to transcribe/arrange a harp piece for the piano, and the piece contains lots of bisbigliando passages, what would be the best way to imitate that charming effect on the piano, and how would I notate it as clearly as possible?

  • 2
    Well, I learned a new word today! – Richard Jun 21 at 23:30
  • Could you please post an image with the bisbigliando you'd like to transcribe to piano. – Owain Evans Jun 22 at 0:27
  • 1
    An image would be very helpful. Have you by any chance got the sheet music of Debussy's Preludes? If any piano-writing produces that effect it's there. I could give you bar references. – Old Brixtonian Jun 22 at 1:54
  • Looks like the best you can do is mark a trill as pianissimo, and maybe even notate "fastest trill possible" – Carl Witthoft Jun 22 at 13:41
1

The best way would be, well, take a grab in the piano and play an actual bisbigliando on the strings! But that's hardly practical.

Short of that, I don't think there's much better you can do than using both the sustain and una corda pedals and then using a regular pianissimo trill.

If you have the option to prepare the piano, or use a digital one, there are a couple of options that could get you closer. Soft cotton wool on the hammers and/or strings, echo devices for a denser sound, or detuning the next key down a semitone so you can use two keys for the same note (again facilitating denser tremolo) might be things to consider.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    "well, take a grab in the piano and play", well, it has been done (and using a pickup moments after). That said, not sure it is practical, as you said ;) … – Tom_C Jun 22 at 17:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.