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I would like to know what these strange numbers below this legato section of the violin solo sheet of Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20, measure 7 denote. I know the Roman numeral IV means G string but the 4 & 6 below the A and G make no sense. Can someone please help me — whomever is familiar with "Gypsy Airs".

Sarasate, "Zigeunerweisen", Op. 20, m. 7


I am talking about the circled numbers we can get to the 6 on the other note later

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  • Just a point of clarification: the roman numeral IV doesn't mean G-string; it means barre 4th fret. You'll probably find a barre easier than playing all that on one string :-) – Jules May Jun 10 at 13:20
  • @JulesMay It most definitely means play that on one string. It's not terribly difficult (compared to the rest of the piece) on violin... – dalearn Jun 10 at 18:06
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    I think it means that you can only play this if you have 6 or more fingers on your left hand. 😁 – Theodore Jun 10 at 19:25
  • Ah - sorry - violin. I thought I saw guitar. My bad! – Jules May Jun 10 at 20:02
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If you look closely, you'll see that the 4 and 6 have slightly different font size and orientation.

The 4 refers to the finger, the 6 to the sextuplet (in the next bar you can see that the "6" is above the staff).

Writing them next to each other is a terrible idea, as the "6" could have been written on top just like the next bar, and the small slur between them has no reason to be there: it can't be a legato articulation, since the G is already part of another slur.


The scores on IMSLP are more clear.

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    The 6 should be above the beam, like it is on the following beat. Just a bad decision from whoever wrote the score. – Edward Jun 9 at 21:55
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    You wrote that the small slur is similar to what happens in the next bar between the C and F♯. But there is no small slur in the next bar and there is a note, an E, between the C and F♯, so what do you mean? – Lars Peter Schultz Jun 10 at 10:40
  • @LarsPeterSchultz you're right, I was a bit tired and didn't think about it that much: that slur just makes no sense. – musicamante Jun 10 at 13:51

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