The longest slur - ever.

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The longest slur - ever.

Post by OCTO » 24 Jul 2019, 22:17

Could't be just written "legato"?
I guess, doing this in notation software requires multiple slurs.
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by tisimst » 24 Jul 2019, 22:51

Actually, I think this is possible in Dorico. You can also do it in LilyPond, not with any default setting, but a little coding of a custom function allows it. I’ve seen it done.

But your point is well taken. “Legato” should capture what this messy slur suggests.
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by MalteM » 25 Jul 2019, 08:00

I think „legato“ wouldn’t cover the voice crossing … I’m not even sure whether the main purpose of that slurs is the legato marking ;)

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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by OCTO » 25 Jul 2019, 08:56

MalteM wrote:
25 Jul 2019, 08:00
I think „legato“ wouldn’t cover the voice crossing … I’m not even sure whether the main purpose of that slurs is the legato marking ;)
Hah!
Maybe than as a tempo: Legatissimo con delicatezza
Or even better as name of the piece.
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by Callasmaniac » 25 Jul 2019, 09:43

Or "il arpeggio legato possibile".

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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by Anders Hedelin » 25 Jul 2019, 09:53

At a first glance it looks like the slur is meant mainly for the sixteenth sixtuplets (and triplet), but then it isn't quite consistent. During the first two quarters it wouldn't have had to be placed above the notes at all, and just at the end it should have gone below the notes if following the pattern. Intriguing.
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by John Ruggero » 27 Jul 2019, 12:03

The slur seems to be entirely for the accompanying sextuplets, since the melody has its own slur. Many a nineteeth century composer would have slurred the first few beats and then stopped at an unexpected point to indicate simile since the rest of the slur is obvious. The ideal then was clarity and simplicity.
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by Anders Hedelin » 27 Jul 2019, 17:22

My guess is that the composer intended to draw a 'hypnotic slur'. The character given for the music: 'nostalgic, very smooth and hypnotic'. Maybe there are no real rules for 'hypnotic slurs'. (I haven't found any with Gould.)
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Re: The longest slur - ever.

Post by John Ruggero » 29 Jul 2019, 17:28

It definitely hypnotizes me if I stare at it too long!
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