bowing in the third movement of the sibelius
in the third movement of the sibelius concerto there is a series of slurred double stop thirds that's supposed to be played in one bow. I'm sure many of you are familiar with it.
I've watched a lot of performances of this piece and have seen professionals do these all separated, or with four in a bow, or with the upbow staccato that's written in the music.
so I have two questions, but the first one is broad and I'm more interested in the latter:
1. how do you effectively do upbow staccato in this passage?
2. which bowing do you think is best for this passage? do you think anything other than an upbow staccato is blasphemous or do you think the difficulty of the bowing gets in the way of the music and performers should be able to decide for themselves?
I performed this piece 30+ years ago and did them all separate upon the advice of my teacher, a well-known concertmaster. If I ever perform this piece again, I will do them all separate again. Upbow staccato is not my strong suit.
Ah, up bow staccato. That's a tough one.
At this stage of my life I am not interested in drilling upbow staccato, a bowing technique that is never required in the orchestral repertoire.
It may depends on the context in which the piece will be performed, doesn't it?
It is not true that one either has or does not have the ability to do this bow stroke. It is merely a complicated balancing act.
"It is not true that one either has or does not have the ability to do this bow stroke"
I was thinking about this today, and another thing to consider outside of technique itself:
As an original pupil of Jascha Heifetz, who championed and 'owned' and Still Owns the Sibelius Violin Concerto, I'm astonished by some comments about 'How' to propell an Up bow staccato in the fabled Third Movement, "Allegro ma non tanto", in the Sibelius, and what I perceive to be a few
Thanks for the encouragement, Elisabeth. Thankfully I haven't felt that need in quite some time now.
I finally got upbow staccato figured out three years ago. What Bruce said is right on. It is complex but not hard. Downbow staccato, however, remains elusive.
Practice Hora Staccato wit the original printed bowing. Don't replace the down bow staccato with up bow. Use the metronome (obviously).