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sandalwood

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How To Slur the Grace Notes and How Not To
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:45:07 PM »
Screening the forum, I saw that while remarking on a posted score, Flint and other members said the (only?) proper way to slur a grace note is slurring from the grace note to the following (main) note which it belongs.

In many cases, the way music is phrased may urge a composer or score writer to attempt some more convoluted slurring around the grace note, like additionally slurring the main note to the following note, placing a larger slur above the slurred "grace+main" note that encompasses many other notes, not slurring a grace note to its main note when it is already under a slur with many other notes.

IMSLP Nielsen Quintet

https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/16084/ge16

where you can find examples to all said cases and more. Here are only a few:

p.5 last system Cl: main note slurred to grace note and the following note
p.37 system1 Ob: grace note not slurred but under a large slur
p.37 system1 Cl: grace note slurred and also under a large slur

What is the correct way, for instance, to score these oboe and clarinet passages on p.37?
« Last Edit: April 28, 2020, 04:05:22 PM by sandalwood »

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Re: How To Slur the Grace Notes and How Not To
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 03:41:27 PM »
The Clarinet part is marked correctly.

The score is a little inconsistent with itself - if you compare the oboe part on page 37 with that of page 36, you'll see the same phrase notated correctly.

Could be just a bad engraving.

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Re: How To Slur the Grace Notes and How Not To
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 03:59:52 PM »
Thank you :)