Etude Volume 10, No. 8

Etude Volume 10, No. 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...performer should here bear in mind the elementary rule: that in every group of notes united by a slur, whether it consists of 2 or 24 notes, the first should be marked by a slight accent, and the last undergo an equally slight diminution of time value, in order to separate it more clearly from the note which follows." Adolph Christiani, in his excellent work on "The Principles of Expression in Piano Playing," says that strong beginnings and endings should always be accented, but he limits the accent on weak beginnings to "a leading subject that descends," but as he also says that "any note preceded by a rest is to be considered as a long note and requires an accent," and as every note preceded by a slurred group, a staccato note, or its own repetition is virtually preceded by a rest, the following rules may therefore be considered logical: --First. The first note of a slurred group should be accented when beginning on the strong part of the measure. Second. The first note should be accented when beginning on the weak part, if it begins a leading subject which descends. Third. The first note should be accented when preceded by either rest, slurred group, staccato note, or its own repetition. The continuation of a slurred group should be effected by a smooth succession of sounds, legato, during which, with the exception of the first note, all accentuation in the voice enclosed by the slur should be suspended, so that "the legato motion within will be as smooth as the flight of a stone," according to Christiani. Perhaps a more important principle to be observed than either the beginning or the continuation is the termination of a slurred group. It is unfortunate that composers use the curved line...
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  • English
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