markings in Ysayës sonatas: G.D. and A.D.

January 16, 2018, 12:34 AM · On the last page of sonata 2 ("les Furies"), is the marking: G.D.

In Sonata 5, on page 43 of the Urtext, is the marking:
A.D. (under "sur la touche").

Can you tell me what these markings mean?
(I think that they are not specific for Ysayë, because they don't figure in the legend in front of the score)

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Edited: January 16, 2018, 6:36 AM · Hi,

The most likely explanation is that it indicates the strings on which the double-stops (in #2) and split double-stops (in #5) are to be played. If you look a couple of bars further in the passage in #5, it indicates a switch to the E string.

Although it could refer to bow strokes - i.e. G.D. = grand détaché, and/or A.D. referring to archet détaché, because most of the codes for bow strokes are explained in the preface and are usually boxed in a square, that seems unlikely.

Hope this helps...


January 16, 2018, 8:33 AM · Yes. It refers to the strings to be played on.
January 16, 2018, 2:33 PM · Thank you both!

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