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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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

  • 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
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 19:54
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    @June The third one is best.
    – Aaron
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 20:05

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