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I'm not sure if this measure from Joe Hisaishi's "Hana-Bi" is correctly notated for a chord tremolo. What is the correct notation, and how should it be played?

Measure from "Hana-Bi" by Joe Hisaishi

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    It might help to know the origin of this excerpt. Jul 13 at 18:25
  • Hi Andrew, Thank you for your suggestion. The title of this piece is HANA-BI, from Joe Hisaishi’s Encore.
    – June
    Jul 13 at 19:56
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The typical way to play this would be to alternate the upper two notes with the lower D. Here is one possibility.

Example tremolo execution

It could also be played faster, in the reverse order (lower note first), or with the two lower notes alternating with the top-most.

A more typical notation would show the two parts of the tremolo separately.

tremolo with upper and lower elements separated

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  • Hi Aaron, Thank you very much for your answer! Sounds very reasonable and insightful. I have a similar question. It’s also a tremolo chord and it lasts for two measures. Which of the three notations is best? imgur.com/Sxaimcx (sorry, I don't know how to insert a picture in the comment)
    – June
    Jul 13 at 19:54
  • @June The third one is best.
    – Aaron
    Jul 13 at 20:05
  • Got it. Thanks!
    – June
    Jul 13 at 20:07
  • Wouldn't any chord with tremolo bars through the stem be treated as a solid chord with no alternation (but with the tremolo still applied)? That's how Musescore treats it, at least.
    – Dekkadeci
    Jul 14 at 12:11
  • @Dekkadeci Thanks. Fixed.
    – Aaron
    Jul 14 at 14:12

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