Orchestral conducting technique : The Sforzato

 

The  sforzato is based upon the principle of the held-back attack (see previous article).

This means that if we want to produce a sforzato we have to give a preparatory gesture  just in front of the passage for  which we want it

Keep in mind that the earlier you make this gesture  the  more incisive  the sforzato  could be.

now I am going to show you  this concept applied to a  famous passage, where we need to show subito forte and sharp chords

But if we are conducting  in quick time  and we cannot make this preparatory gesture    we could resort to   other devices ; for example, we could emphasize the sforzato, or accents or chords,  with a sharp gesture of the hand, softening  at the same time the gestures with no sforzato.  Here there are two famous example

From Beethoven III

and from Sheherazade

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Repertoire

Haydn sinfonie 88, 104.

Mozart sinfonie 35,39,40,41 , Don Juan Ouverture

Carl Maria von Weber Oberon, Euryanthe Ouverture

Beethoven Egmont, Coriolano, sinfonie 1,2 4,5,7

Mendelssohn The Hebrides ouverture

Brahms Sinfonie 1,2,4 Overture Tragica

Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade 1,2,3 mov

Tchaikovsky Romeo e Giulietta, Capriccio Italien

sinfonie 4,5,6, Serenade op.48

Moussorgsky Night on the bare Mountain

R.Wagner Tannhäuser , Meistersinger overtures

Ravel La valse

Debussy L’apres-midi d’un Faune

 

 

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