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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000619.txt from 2000/09

From: Bilwright@-----.net (William Wright)
Subj: [kl] Espressivo, Brahms Sonata #2
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 01:46:11 -0400

The first thing I notice is obvious, but I'll say it anyway:

All three of the espressivo instructions in the 2nd movement apply
to the same sequence of notes (A4-F4-B5-A5-G4-F4) and to no other
sequence.
(I use the word "sequence" instead of "phrase" because the duration
of A4 is not identical in each repetition.)
So clearly Brahms has chosen this sequence for special attention.

This same sequence appears twice without an espressivo instruction,
but the dynamic in these two cases is different.
I have not looked at the piano part yet to see what the piano is
doing during the repetitions 'with' vs. 'without' the espressivo
instruction.

(thoughtfully),
Bill

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