I want to have a strings part with tremolo, like used for example on the beginning of the 4th movement in Beethoven's 6th Symphony.

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But I also want the beginning of every such note to be accented. In other words, I'd like the first among those 16th's that are effectively played to be a bit stronger than those following it. So, does it make sense to write an accent sign above tremolo note and will the player understand the intention if i put it like this?

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From what I saw watching the performances, string players indeed already differentiate two tremolo notes by changing their bow's angle against the neck a little bit, even without any accent sign. But since in my piece I change durations of tremolo notes, I need to see if this is the proper way to make this differentiation more distinct.

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    That's how I would translate the accent(s).
    – Tim
    Jan 7, 2021 at 12:09
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    There is a natural accent on the first note of a tremolo.
    – Neil Meyer
    Jan 7, 2021 at 12:14
  • Yeah, well my only doubt here is how to make that natural accent just a little more accented, which is of course a matter of nuance
    – cincplug
    Jan 7, 2021 at 12:54
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    I've used accented grace notes for this purpose, but I'm curious what more authoritative people say.
    – KeizerHarm
    Jan 7, 2021 at 14:09

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There's nothing wrong with writing an accent on a tremolo. Musicians will interpret it exactly as you would expect


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