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Q: Figuring out notations in a pianopiece ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Figuring out notations in a pianopiece
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: marike-ga
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Posted: 27 Aug 2005 14:34 PDT
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Question ID: 561218
I'm trying to play de piece of music called "Comptine D'un Autre Été:
L'après Midi" from the soundtrack of "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie
Poulain", and there's a notation I don't know. I can hear it's
essential to play the piece the right way, but since I'm not familiar
with this notitation I don't know how. The notation is just a little
line above or under a few of the 1/16 notes in the right hand part. I
hope you can help me!
Subject: Re: Figuring out notations in a pianopiece
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 27 Aug 2005 16:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello marike,

I presume that the notation looks like the lines above or below the
1/16 notes in another piece from the same composer:

Sheet music extract: "Comptine d'été no 3," musique de Yann Tiersen

It appears that this notation is called "legato" or "tenuto"
interchangeably.  Here are a few descriptions of legato and tenuto:

- "Tenuto - Hold the note for its full value."

"Basic Musical Notation" [Articulation]
The Method Behind the Music

- "Legato Accent: this can be used at any dynamic level and is a
slight stress without a noticable attack and held to the full duration
of the note"

"Music theory online : phrasing & articulation," by Dr. Brian Blood 
Dolmetsch Online

- "Legato is the opposite of staccato.  The notes are very connected;
there is no space between the notes at all.  There is, however, still
some sort of articulation that causes a slight but definite break
between the notes (for example, the violin player's bow changes
direction, the guitar player plucks the string again, or the wind
player uses the tongue to interrupt the stream of air)."

"Articulation," by Catherine Smith-Jones (last edited Mar 31, 2004)

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

Searched on Google for:

"comptine d'un autre été"
"sixteenth notes"
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