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Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand Harmonics

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Dan Conwell, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Dan Conwell

    Dan Conwell

    Mar 27, 2007
    Wooster, Ohio
    There are some good discussions here on the Mother Goose Suite, but I'm not seeing anything on the Concerto for the Left Hand. At rehearsal number 30 the basses are divided into three parts. The bottom two parts are straight forward, but the top part is marked sul Re with a middle C, natural harmonic sign, and 8va.

    I can find a 'c', way up off the fingerboard on the D string. Is that it? Thanks for your help!

  2. That's odd. The C harmonic on the D-string, which is naturally quite flat, would actually be 15va above the notated C. Let's pretend there's a missing "suono reale" and move on.

    Here's the location for all the common nodes for the 7th partial on the D string (31-cents flat C-natural):

    If the intonation bothers you, then you'll either need to play an artificial harmonic or a normal pitch. You can mimic the sound of a harmonic by playing sul tasto with a relatively fast bow speed and no pressure.
  3. eerbrev


    Dec 6, 2009
    Ottawa, ON, CAN
  4. Dan Conwell

    Dan Conwell

    Mar 27, 2007
    Wooster, Ohio
    Thank you!

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