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Fis + A + Bis + E = ???

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by Anonymous, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Anonymous

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    :x Aaargh, does anyone know why Rachmaninov wrote Fis + A + Bis + E in his famous prelude op.3 no.2 ?
    What is Fis + A + Bis + E? :? It isn't fis7, because fis7 is Fis + A + C + E. :shock:
    I already asked my theoryteacher and he didn't know it... :(
    Can anyone help me with this, please?
     
  2. chopinman0901

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    I'm sorry, but what on Earth are you talking about? Fis means F-sharp, right? And Bis means B-sharp (C)?

    What edition of the prelude do you have? I have the Alfred edition, but there is nothing of that nature on the score. Do you mean why is that chord in the piece, or why did he supposedly write the chord out in words on the score?
     
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    was about to ask the same thing chopinman
    abimo,can you explain what you mean?
     
  4. Anonymous

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    Oh sorry, yes fis means F-sharp.
    I mean why didn't he write f# + a + c + e, but f# + a + b# + e? The chord is in measure 10.
    I went to the library to see is there were more editions of this piece, and in every edition I saw it was f# + a + b# + e... ( he didn't write the chord out in words on the score, by the way )
     
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    So the question is why did Rach notate a B# instead of a C'natural, correct?

    The piece is written in c# minor, and the C'natural doesn't appear in that scale. A c# minor scale has the following notes; c# d# e'natural f# g# a'natural b#(c'natural) c#. It's just a matter of notation. A scale wouldn't look normal if you notated the c'natural instead of the b#. Even though it's technically the same tone, musical notation rules necesitate the b#.

    Does that make sense?
     
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    I guess it's just a matter of preference for the composer.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    Hmm, yes that makes sense. Thanks a lot! :D
     

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