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martellando?

Discussion in 'Technique' started by rachmaninoff, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. rachmaninoff

    rachmaninoff New Member Piano Society Artist

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    what does the martellando technic mean? and how do you play it?
     
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    this means play with force but detached. ff ?? depends on the music and contents.

    I hope this helps
     
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    hmzz,

    I heard that someone played with martellando 39 notes a second :shock: :shock:
     
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    martellando literally means hammering, so I guess your notes should be strongly marked and detached. one of the pieces in my repertoire calls for martellando in a short section with very dissonant chords. i usually lift my hands high enough that when I drop and hit the keys, it sound as if i'm "hammering" down the notes. for that piece, i don't use the sustain pedal to achieve a dry, hammered effect. I guess you can use the pedal in other contexts to produce an "echoing" effect of the martellando.
     

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