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AuthorTopic:   accents within a measure
Anonymous Poster

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posted: 7/25/2005 at 8:11:24 AM ET
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How do I find/recognize which notes get which accents within 1 measure, in any piece, but more in particular in a BACH. When not followng he right rules, your piece can deviate quite a lot from what it should be. Is there any good book about this subject ?

trumpet guru
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Washington State

posted: 8/6/2005 at 9:12:55 PM ET
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Typically, large accents will be marked by the editor.

That said, when notes are slurred together, a slight accent on the first of the slurred grouping can add to the style and phrasing. (try it for any stlye to differing degrees),

I think Bach (considering a great deal of his music was written for organ or harpsichord (neither of which accent in a conventional way) is best played without a great deal of accenting other than those notated.

That said again, when I play Bach on the trumpet, I just let the line tell me what to do, and my ear helps keep me from doing too much.

Here is a link to some similar questions for playing Bach on a modern piano (if that is what you are playing):



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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 8/6/2005 at 11:48:17 PM ET
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..a ^ is a common technique when hand-writing.

Baruch 3:14

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posted: 8/20/2005 at 5:26:42 AM ET
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To trumpet guru : This is a dream of an answer; I have been trying to find it for quite a long time and gave up hope a bit already. Taking into account that similar unsolved questions always take away some fun time after time you are dealing with them, no need to say how much value such kind of help has for a musical soul. Thank you !

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