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?

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    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
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    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

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.

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    "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

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