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In Haydn's F minor variations for piano, how does one attack the continuous trills, one note after the other?

  • The 6 means the same it always does: "These notes must be shortened so that there are 6 of them to one beat rather than 4." – Kilian Foth Jun 2 '15 at 8:04
  • Are you asking about Haydn or Beethoven? – AakashM Jun 4 '15 at 14:00
  • Haydn! there is a variation that has nothing but a continuous set of trills in the right hand. – neusys Jun 12 '15 at 3:09
  • For longer trills use 123231... or 32313231... – user21079 Jun 21 '15 at 23:49
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I'm going to assume you mean this part of Hob.XVII:6. This is from the Edition Peters score.

score of Hob.XVII:6, bars 81-88

I think that the extension of the trill notation throughout the whole bar is simply a convenience to avoid having to write tr~~~tr~~~tr~~~tr~~~; it should be played simply as a succession of trills. Although what's going on with the fingering in bar 86, I have no idea.

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