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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000066.txt from 2002/02

From: Alexander Brash <mactrek@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Brahms 4
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 23:35:59 -0500

Hi Guys,
We're playing the first movement of Brahms 4 in orchestra. At the
begining, and several times later, the winds have a figure of quarter note
rest quarter note, quarter note , quarter note rest, quarter note. The Notes
are marked staccato, but there is a phrasing marking OVER the rest connected
the two notes. I've seen this before in the first Brahms violin sonata. It
suggests to string players a "breathing"...what does this mean for us? Is it
a literal breath? I don't think so. Legato tongue, cheat the rest? help!

~Alexander

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