Question on the Barber Concerto

April 3, 2004 at 06:32 AM · Hi all,

I don't know if this is worthy of a new topic, but I have a question on the first movement of the Barber:

In the part with the string-crossing 16th notes, in the beginning there are always 4 notes on an up-bow (flying) staccato and 4 on a downbow slur, but after 2 (or so) bars there are no more phrasing markings. Are the following figures supposed to continue the phrasing from the first bars (but then there would be a "sim." missing, wouldn't it?), or should they be played straight? I tried to get this answered by listening to my recordings (Shaham and Hahn), but can't decide if they play one bow for each note or do 4 on one bow (with flying staccato).

Thanks in advance for your insights, this may not be a big subject but I'd like to play it the right way.


Replies (2)

April 5, 2004 at 08:59 AM · It is definitely separate starting from the descending G arpeggio, follow the markings as shown. When this section is repeated later, it is bowed exactly the same as before.

If this is not clear let me know!!

Enjoy the piece, I found the best result was when I was completely relaxed, even at the climaxes, especially the beautiful sound at the beginning.

April 7, 2004 at 01:27 AM · This piece has one of the best developments ever in the 1st movement. Be sure to really do a gradual development and then make the climax a big one.

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