Phases of the attack. The importance of the third phase

The attack is divided into three stages – UP ( upward movement and breathing in) – DOWN ( downward movement ) or falling -UP AGAIN or re-ascent  ( upward movement , during this last phase we have the emission of sound ) These three phases are equally  identifiable in the staccato and in the legato,… Continua a leggere Phases of the attack. The importance of the third phase

Patterns in quick time

Patterns in quick time The patterns depending on the context both in the staccato and in the legato can very often undergo considerable variations. It would take us too long to examine the various cases, and it could generate a sensation of panic and confusion for a student left with no guidance. Now we will… Continua a leggere Patterns in quick time

Orchestral conducting technique : beating time or conducting? The trick of Ilya Musin

What is the difference between beating time and conducting? Even Toscanini, with his usual hasty way, refers to the issue. During a conversation with a nephew one day he said in his typical language that mixed English and Italian: “Any asino (jackass) can conduct … but to make music … eh? Is difficile!” What he… Continua a leggere Orchestral conducting technique : beating time or conducting? The trick of Ilya Musin

The anacrusic attack

The anacrusis attack does not present great problems when the note or the chord that comes before the beat is of the same length as one of the notes that follow. But when the note in front of the first beat is not as long as a one beat we might have difficulty in giving… Continua a leggere The anacrusic attack