Are the highlighted groups of notes in the example below to be played together? My theory is that these groups of notes were drawn at a distance from each other in order not to clutter and create confusion.

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Your theory is correct: these notes are written offset from one another to be legible. They are to be played simultaneously.


Since hemidemisemiquavers are written as such, then the dots on a single stem should be played simultaneously. Otherwise it'll be a fast arpeggio, which is sort of what the hemidemisemis are.

Also why put an arpeggio sign when that's about the only way to play hemidemisemis.

  • @Tim "why put an arpeggio sign..." Because the arpeggio sign shows that first right hand note comes after the left hand note. (Or after all the left hand notes in the first chord, if there are more than one - it's hard to tell from the OP's image).
    – user19146
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 1:03

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