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Performance practice of Viennese Waltz

Occasionally, when I listen to an orchestra playing a Strauss waltz or something similar, I hear something interesting in the background rhythm of 'boom chik chik' in that the first 'chik' happens ...
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How can I play Für Elise well?

I've always heard that Für Elise is an extremely difficult piece to play well, despite being relatively easy in a technical sense. An added challenge is that it's been extremely over-played (I'm just ...
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In “All we like sheep have gone astray,” are we laughing with Handel or at him?

Nobody can ever sing — or practically even talk about — "All we like sheep have gone astray" from the Messiah without noticing that the words "We like sheep" are prominently accented, in a way that ...
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Performance of classic music [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does a conductor actually do? I've heard different versions of Johann Strauss II: "Tales from the Vienna Woods", - they were guided by the different conductors? So what ...
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Is Beethoven's title “Sonata quasi una Fantasia” an oxymoron, and does the title instruct how to perform it?

Beethoven's so-called "Moonlight" Sonata is fully titled "Sonata quasi una Fantasia". Google translates this literally to "Sonata almost a Fantasy", but I'll assume it means more like "Sonata in the ...
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Have a note stand out in a pianissimo chord (piano)

This is the last chord of Francis Poulenc's Mélancolie for piano. It occurs while a piano D♭ major chord is still resonating in the bass. How would you have the B♭♭ be perceptible, surprising, and ...
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Double stopping pizzicato on the violin

So recently I watched a video on double stopping on the violin, you can watch it here. In the video when she started to play pizzicato and hit those two notes, she hit them one after another, sort of ...
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Is there a difference between Espirando and Mancando?

I've seen both these terms listed in online music glossaries as meaning "dying away", but neither entry ever refers to the other. Are there any real-world differences in how these are interpreted?
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The “tunelessness” of birdsong in a “Peanuts” comic strip?

Charles Schulz was a very careful transcriber of music into Peanuts. Many passages are identifiable (lots of Beethoven, no surprise). However, Schulz could not read music himself -- thus copying from ...
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Are there any composer instructions on how to play a melody?

In modern times (after recording a melody/song was possible) we have a fair idea on how the original composer imagined his composition to be played (most often he would be the one recording/mastering ...
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How do we know what classical (older) music actually sounded like

This is some kind of a complementary question to Are there any composer instructions on how to play a melody? How can we (in modern times) know how a piece of classical music was actually intended to ...
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Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/38/...
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Composing Music- Interpretation

When writing music, does one: Let the musician interpret the music more (less dynamics, tempo markings, etc.), or Let all musicians follow the same general interpretation (more dynamics, tempo ...
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Stylistically appropriate triplet interpretation of dotted eighth-sixteenth

[First time using ABC notation and I'm working on a phone. Bear with me] I recall from my private lesson days that when I see X:1 %%score (RH) (LH) V:RH clef=treble V:LH clef=bass L:1/8 K:C [V:RH] ...
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How does the 3rd movement of Moonlight Sonata relate to moonlight?

Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 is also called the Moonlight Sonata. The first movement is smooth, like the moonlight in a quiet and clear night; the second movement is vivid, just similar to the ...
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Why doesn't the bassoon play any notes in the beginning of RV 484?

In Vivaldi's Concerto in E minor for Bassoon, RV 484, you can hear the violins introduce the theme, and then the bassoon enters to play solo. In every video I watch the procedure is the same: first ...
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How should staccatissimo be played?

How should staccatissimo be played on Handel, Beethoven, and Liszt pieces? I have read that it is like staccato only shorter, but it seems like it is used when notes should be staccato and accented. ...
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Why are there many types of staccato?

I have seen staccato in a lot of pieces. And I have heard a ton of different ways of playing staccato. For example here is staccato that is notated but not played as a clear cut staccato at the very ...
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How do you play “agitato”?

Agitato - "agitated" I like the sound of that. What are some examples of "agitato" that were done really well? What exactly does it look like in practice? (For example, "allargando" is characterized ...
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Shortening a long note: intended or not?

I noticed that in many performances, chords that are expected by the author to have a long duration, are shortened by the performer. An example is the fourth Ballade of Chopin, where, near the end, ...
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Does Sforzando really mean a stronger accent?

I come across sforzando a lot as an arranger and even just as a classical music listener. I was told by my piano teacher that sforzando means a stronger accent than your typical accent mark. But I ...
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Limits of interpretation in timing in a Bach piece

This is a question about a short part in Bach's Partita for Violin (BWV 1004) as played and interpreted by several different artists/instruments, which can be heard at 19:56 on this Youtube upload. ...
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Determining dynamics of individual parts in music group

I have been lately wondering how to determine dynamics of individual parts in music group. As we all know sheet music many times doesn't provide all dynamics and phrasing. It seems obvious to me, ...
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How to avoid accents when singing?

Sometimes, on certain songs, I start to sing in an accent that kind of mimics the original vocals. One song in which I have this problem is Three Days Grace's Let It Die. How can avoid the accent ...
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How to Find Rhyming Notes in Bansuri

Please note, I am NOT asking for notes interpretation, I am simply asking how to determine rhyming notes for Bansuri. For several months I was following this Tum Hi Ho tutorial (and I am 95% done, so ...
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How do I find a rhythm that goes under a melodic line?

I have to accompany a singer on guitar for a wedding and I am having trouble finding a good rhythmic pattern that fit nicely under the melody. What should I pay attention to regarding the melodic line ...
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Interpretation - How should one play the bass line in Chopin's Op.25 No.11 (Winter Wind)?

At the end of Chopin's Winter Wind Etude, there is this LH passage: As this passage seems to indicate the main theme, it is often played differently: So, how should it be played? Is this just a ...