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Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major #2743285
06/09/18 07:46 PM
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I need some help with the key sequences and timing of the base notes on these two measures. First, are the key sequences correct? Second, where are the base notes/chords played?

Var II - Measure 2 (around the turn)
[img]https://pix.sfly.com/-Ft7EN[/img]

BB A Bb A G A Bb
chord between first A and Bb or on second A?


Var II - Measure 15 (around the trill)
[img]https://pix.sfly.com/bm65BV[/img]

F# G A G F# G A Bb
note on last G or on last A?

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Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2743288
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The most important thing to do here is make sure that the bass notes - not "base" - are played in time. In the first example, the C is a half-beat starting on beat one, so that the two following chords are also played on the half-beat. The same pattern repeats for the second half of the measure.

one, and two and three and four and. Similarly in the second example.

The turn is inserted after the first beat, but in time so that the last note of of the first beat (sixteenth-note) is played in time after the half beat. Same with the trill.

At first, practice without the turn and the trill until you get the timing exact.

This is so much easier to illustrate at the piano than to try to explain in words.

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Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2744521
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At first, practice without the turn and the trill until you get the timing exact.

This suggestion was very helpful. I've go it down now with the turns and trills. Thank you.

On the same piece there seems to be an error in my scores for Var III Measure 14. It shows playing Eb and Enatural simultaneously. I have two different scores and both show this same possible conflict. It sounds better with the Enatural. Any advice?

[img]https://pix.sfly.com/SRu36e[/img]

Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2744566
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No, it's not an error. If you look a little more closely at your score, you will find the same three-note chord in the 2nd, 6th and 10th measures of this variation as well as in the 14th measure: C, E-flat and E-natural being played together.

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Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2745001
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No, it's not an error. If you look a little more closely at your score, you will find the same three-note chord in the 2nd, 6th and 10th measures of this variation as well as in the 14th measure: C, E-flat and E-natural being played together.

I see the simultaneous C, Eb, Enat in measures 10 and 14 in the second 3-note chord. But in measure 2 and 6 the Eb and Enat occur but not simultaneously. Am I missing something?

In the 1st triplet of measures 10 and 14 the Eb in the middle 3-note chord is shown in both the treble and bass clefs . Isn't this just a 2-note chord? Why is the 2nd Eb also shown in both clefs?

Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2745017
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Here is the second measure of Var. III:

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Of course the E-flat and E-natural (left hand) are played simultaneously. Why would you think otherwise?

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Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2745019
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Originally Posted by ee375
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In the 1st triplet of measures 10 and 14 the Eb in the middle 3-note chord is shown in both the treble and bass clefs . Isn't this just a 2-note chord? Why is the 2nd Eb also shown in both clefs?


[Linked Image]

I think you mean the second group of triplets. The second chord in the second group of triplets in measure ten is, indeed, C, E-flat and E-flat. What Schubert is showing here is that the left hand accompaniment consists of two notes C and E-flat (three times) while the top note - called the top voice in this case - is F, E-flat, G. So yes, in theory the accompaniment E-flat and the top voice E-flat coincide giving us in actuality a two-note chord.

This type of writing where two voices or sometimes one voice and an accompanying note are actually the same note occurs often, particularly in, but not limited to, Baroque and Classical writing, even more often where there is a Fugue and two voices momentarily land on one note. It's still two voices sounding the same note.

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Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2745074
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Of course the E-flat and E-natural (left hand) are played simultaneously. Why would you think otherwise?

My mistake. I was reading the E-flat as a separate note and not part of the C, E-flat, E-nat chord. That would put an extra note in the triplet - wrong.

BTW - both of my scores show the last chord in the 2nd triplet as C,G and not C,E,G.

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What Schubert is showing here is that the left hand accompaniment consists of two notes C and E-flat (three times) while the top note - called the top voice in this case - is F, E-flat, G.

I understand what you are saying. But does this have any effect on how it is played? The chords in the 2nd triplet are actually played C,Eb,F then C,Eb then C,Eb,G, correct?

Re: Schubert Impromptu in B Flat Major [Re: ee375] #2745114
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Originally Posted by ee375
[...]I understand what you are saying. But does this have any effect on how it is played? The chords in the 2nd triplet are actually played C,Eb,F then C,Eb then C,Eb,G, correct?


The only thing you should be aware of is that all through this Variation, with the exception of the bass note on the first and third beats, the upper notes of the left hand chords constitute a counter-melody, softer than the melody in the right hand, but a counter-melody nevertheless that needs to be brought out slightly. So, in effect when you arrive at that point, the top line continues to be played just slightly louder than the other notes in the left hand chords. You should clearly hear the counter-melody: F, E-natural, F, E-flat, G, just as you should hear the counter-melody throughout the Variation.

So, in effect, yes; there is a difference in how the chord is played; top note slightly louder than the other lower note(s).

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