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Discussion in 'Technique' started by richard66, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. richard66

    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    I am working on a piece in which each of the notes of the motive (in quavers and semi-quavers) are topped with the tenuto mark and there is the written indication "(saltando)" (sic), which, in Italian means jumping and I cannot quite figure out what should be happening. As the piece is quite fast, there is not really that much time to move away from the keys on the semiquavers. I do have a recording of the piece in question and it seemed to me the pianist solved the issue by ignoring it.

    Does anyone have any idea which the composer could mean?
     
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    What is the name of the piece? Or, can you show us the part in the music?
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    I listened today to my recording of the piece and I found out that the composer seems to call for portato, which is, as you know, a violin thing, something between legato and staccato. Being music based on a violin tune, that makes sense. In any case, that is just what I am doing, though the effect rather tends to disappear in the semi-quavers.
     
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    I have heard the word portato used by a pianist to refer to a non legato touch, in other words a similar meaning to the violin thing. As non legato is often played by bouncing the fingers off the keys, this is perhaps what he means by saltando.
     
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    No, it just means you need to add more salt.....:p
     
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    Do you mean, add more salt to the potato ? (portato)
     
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    Good one! :)
     
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    Hi Richard,

    Here is some information from Elson's dictionary: Saltando -- For piano: leaping, proceeding by skips, or jumps. For violin music: it means skipping the bow upon the strings.

    As for portato, it has no connection to portamento. A lot of pianists believe they are the same. Not true. Portato is a touch halfway between legato and staccato. Most of us, I think, call it "nonlegato", especially in Baroque music. I was taught to play portato as pressing more into the keys while respecting the dynamic too.

    David
     
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