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help on a particular sheet music notation - clair de lune

Discussion in 'Technique' started by Anonymous, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

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    I have a question about how the notes in a piece I'm learning are written in the sheet music.

    In the 11th measure of clair de lune, the second beat in is a chord of D and high D, with an A (stem down) just before it. Listening to this piece, I hear the three notes played together, so why is the A not on the stem with the surrounding D notes? Why is it on a separate downward stem? This appears a few times in the piece. I'm confused.

  2. François Micol

    François Micol New Member

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    The A is a quarter note, while the D (and E) octaves are eighth notes. Therefore, A and D-D are played together but the A must be held until the next beat.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thank you - I had never come across this before.

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