Arpeggio indication: slower

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Yinyue
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Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by Yinyue » 01 Oct 2019, 20:04

Hi forum,

Is there a convention on how to indicate that an arpeggio should be played slower than usual?
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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by Schonbergian » 01 Oct 2019, 22:12

How fast is usual? To me, it always depends on the character and mood of the piece, and there is no default speed. For anything out of character with the piece, it might be best to write it out as in Beethoven Op. 31/2 mvt. 3.

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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by OCTO » 02 Oct 2019, 06:49

It depends of the style and perhaps even tempo, and even in the concert hall (cathedral VS theatre). Just write "slowly" as you did, and they will see what is the best.
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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by MalteM » 02 Oct 2019, 06:57

You could specify the duration (f. e. a :4 ) that the arpeggio should take by writing it out in small notes and use only the remaining duration (here :5d ) for the chord:
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Or, if you don’t want/need an exact duration, write something like “a piacere” as Kurt Atterberg did at the end of his 3rd symphony:
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Edit: I’m not an expert, neither for music engraving nor harp but that’s what I as a pianist would write ;)

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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by David Ward » 02 Oct 2019, 07:17

I like the first solution suggested by MalteM.
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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by OCTO » 02 Oct 2019, 07:19

MalteM wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 06:57
as Kurt Atterberg did at the end of his 3rd symphony
Wow, bravo - Atterberg! Interesting how you have picked it up just like that!
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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by MalteM » 02 Oct 2019, 07:39

I wrote my bachelor thesis about that symphony and “slow harp arpeggio of a D major chord” looked very familiar ;)

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Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

Post by Yinyue » 02 Oct 2019, 15:27

Perfect! Thanks for the advice, all!

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