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Debussy Homage Mov. 1 - FEEDBACK APPRECIATED

Discussion in 'Critique & Feedback' started by Doug Gibson, May 1, 2018.

  1. Acciaccaturas are - unfortunately - somewhat more complicated by the 19th century, and especially in guitar music! Chopin's manuscripts show that at least some, if not many, and perhaps all, of his grace-notes are meant to be played on-the-beat, according to his annotations written for students he was teaching. And so it depended on who the teacher was in how later pianists would play Chopin's Acciaccaturas - if I remember correctly, Horowitz would always put them before, and Arrau would always put them on. But - as more evidence is brought forward, pretty much all of it supports the playing of these as on-the-beat.

    In terms of guitar music, there's no confusion in the 19th century: the guitar methods (Carcassi, Carulli, Aguado) show them as on-the-beat for all grace notes, both with and without slashes. If you want to see how big the range of where the note can fall is, check out all the recordings of that theme from Sor's Op. 9. There's a good Acciaccatura in the sixth measure, where there's another treble note and bass note to compare it with. Barrueco and Vidovic put it right on the beat, Williams edges right before it, Vieux is clearly before it, and Segovia puts it AFTER the bass note! Just an example as a warning that: your results will vary!

    Ultimately, I'm with you: we'll find out at rehearsal!

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