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Bowing the last 7 bars of L'Italiana in Algeri

Discussion in 'Ask Patrick Neher [Archive]' started by dbassnut, Mar 25, 2013.


  1. dbassnut

    dbassnut

    Apr 1, 2008
    Malaysia
    Hi Patrick,
    Could you take a look at the score for "L'Italiana in Algeri" as per link.

    http://conquest.imslp.info/files/im...Italiana_in_Algeri_Overture__cello-part_a.pdf
    I've got 2 questions.
    1. The bowing for the 7th bar from the end of the piece doesn't make sense. The bowing for the 6th bar from the end of the piece looks correct.
    My question is, if the bowing for the 7th bar from the end is correct, is there a reason for this?
    I'm the sole double bass player in a local amateur orchestra by the way & the conductor told me to bow which ever way I found comfortable. I've also talked to the lead cellist & she also doesn't have any idea.
    2. On pg.2 of the score, at figure D, there is a D major scale run. It looks easy but is difficult to play fast & accurate. I'm currently starting on an open D string, going to the open G string & then climbing my way up to the high E. Is this the best way to play it? or should I start the D on the A string instead?

    Thanks,
    Adrian
     
  2. PNeher

    PNeher

    Mar 31, 2005
    Bellingham, WA
    Hi
    You are right, the printed bowings are screwy! If you simply take it "as it comes," down, up, down...etc., it comes out beautifully. You could also retake a down after each eighth, on the following sixteenths. Depending on the speed that the conductor demands, you may find as it comes more awkward.

    As far as scale, I usually recommend a Rhythmic Fingering, where you group in duples according to the rhythm. Depending on slurs, you may find grouping that way fast and easier. But I would do whatever feels and sounds best according to the requirement of the volume and rhythm.

    Best of luck!
    Patrick


     
  3. dbassnut

    dbassnut

    Apr 1, 2008
    Malaysia
    Hi Patrick,
    Thanks, For the bowing the 7th bar from the end, it may make more sense to follow the bowing on the bar after that as that one makes more sense.

    For the scales, thanks for the advice. I'll practice them.
     

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