Tuesday 1 May 2012

Musical pizzicato

With my small person string orchestra, we have been practising with the thought that pizz is not just about isolated plinks and plonks, that's when we have plunked and plonked together. no! We can join the dots and make musical lines. we can do phrasing. We can do dynamics. then we discovered last week that since you have to make a bigger movement with your plinking finger to play louder, this meant that our carefully crafted crescendo and diminuendo was difficult to play rhythmically evenly. And that is where we shall pick up the rehearsal tomorRow morning after I have written a test on Haydn for the Sixth Form. Mm and we shall avoid random Bartokesque snap pizzicatos which explode into the texture unbidden from time to time.

1 comment:

Zephyrinus said...

Yeh. That Bartok chappie was a real card. Innit ?