In Mozart's "Don Giovanni" there are many phrases notated as staccato which, after 2-3 measures, no longer have the staccato notation to the end of the phrase. (Ex. Dover full score p.393 measures 251-256 in Violin II).

Measures 251-256 Violin II

Is it Mozart's intention that the staccati continue to the end of the phrase or do they revert back to non-staccato notation as written?

Any help greatly appreciated!

  • Is that by any chance Act II scene 23, a recit starting "Crudele"? Sep 17 at 19:20
  • Note to self for a future answer: the relevant bit in the manuscript is p 199-200 of vmirror.imslp.org/files/imglnks/usimg/4/45/…. The articulation marks do stop where Dover stops, though I might interpret them as dots rather than vertical strokes. Sep 18 at 15:46
  • Meanwhile the short version of my answer is that yes, composers (and Mozart, and especially in this score) often don't bother writing "simile" when an articulation is clearly meant to continue. Sep 18 at 15:47
  • @AndyBonner did they ever write it in the 18th century? I always associated it with the 19th. In the 18th century they just expected people to have a bit of common sense. But in any event that's no recitative; it's a trio.
    – phoog
    Sep 18 at 16:40


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