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I've been trying to understand the occurance in various scores of two instance of the same note with different durations, and I've tried looking up various things to see if I can find out what I am supposed to actually play. My working solution is to play the longest duration note, and ignore the other.
Today I found a score with some text that seemed to referred to them as "double stemmed" notes. Yeah! off to my ref books and the internet to look that up - but another dead end. I think it may have just been a coincidence in that piece.
Please can anyone tell me the name for this and possibly explain how the are meant to be interpreted and why?
Thanks so much.
So, to be clear, here are two versions of the first two bars of Heller's Etude in E minor Op.46 No 7. This is from a book of piano studies written for that instrument. The top version is the original version
But there is a "dilemma" the pianist is asked to play the same note twice at the same time with different durations (First note second bar). Obviously that's impossible - sure I can play chords or multiple voices, but this feels like a musical nonsense phrase. The second version plays the same, as far as I am aware, but does not share this problem? Q: Why has Heller, who is undoubtedly doing the correct thing, taken this first (top) approach?
I also found pieces in which both the right hand and the left hand end on the same note; with it drawn on the LH and RH stave. So one hand presses the note, and the other hand presses the finger of the first hand.