I'm learning piano and recently encountered slurs and phrases. I'd like clarification on the following that relate to these two ideas.
The book I'm using introduces the idea of phrases, then later introduces slurs:
In vocal music, singing more than one note on one syllable is shown by a slur...
The accompanying example shows pairs of slurred notes within existing phrases, along with lyrics. The phrase, including these slurred notes, are all played with the same hand.
Am I correct in taking these particular slurs to be for vocalist only? So, a pianist would play all these as a single phrase, ignoring these slurs?
Slur is defined much later as:
a curved line over or under a group of two or three notes. Think of it as a very short phrase...
So, do slurs only really have relevance for piano outside of phrases, as a way of indicating connectedness of notes, e.g. playing notes legato?
The definition in 2 doesn't explicitly mention it, but I've seen it mentioned that slurs connect different notes together, not the same repeated note.
If you have repeated notes connected by a curved line across more than one bar, will this always represent a tied note, never slurred notes? (Or maybe a slurred repeated note is still potentially meaningful for piano if you're using the sustain pedal?)
It seems you can distinguish tie lines from slurs/phrases. Tie lines go between the notes, whereas slur and phrase markers tend to go "closer", and more over/under the affected notes. Is there any clear way of telling a slur apart from a phrase by the curved line's appearance alone, or do you always have to look at the number of notes and musical context?
: The Classic Piano Course, Book 1 by Carol Barratt.
: For piano, maybe, at least. You can have meaningful slurs on the same note for some instruments.