How to play the C-flat in bar 50 (if I've counted correctly - just before the Tempo I marking)?? There are no indications on my copies of the score, but some performances have it emphasized as if it is part of the top line, some don't, some hard to tell. Quite difficult to avoid hearing it emphasized once you "know its there".
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Posted 31 January 2020 - 09:48
I have two copies of Clair de Lune but guess that both could have been edited. The C flat is not phrased as part of the top line.
Posted 31 January 2020 - 13:09
Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:25
Thanks for your replies - as an extra question do you not hear the C-flat with emphasis in any recordings/performances as I nearly always do?? I'm in agreement with you all in that it shouldn't stand out but ..... hmmmmm I'm beginning to think I've convinced myself I'm hearing something that may or may not be there...
How about this one (of many) e.g.
Posted 31 January 2020 - 19:02
In measure 50 of the recording perhaps there is less emphasis of the top line and a heavy landing on the C flat, but these are details way beyond my pay grade. Even when I was playing this piece regularly I would never have got it anywhere near right.
Edit. I wasn't keen on the tone coming out of the piano in the opening Andante. Maybe it was the speakers on my laptop or the mics used for the recording.
Posted 04 February 2020 - 13:07
without the score in front of me.. are you talking about the last page where the opening material returns? At this point there is a magical Cb (in the LH I think) which deserves some emphasis because it is different to how that material is presented at the start and is unexpected. Having seen the sheet music on youtube that version has an accent and a really good pianist can voice it so one hears it lead to Bb in the next harmony.
Posted 04 February 2020 - 13:46
Bars 49 to 51 contain a sort of hidden melody in the upper notes of the arpeggios -- Bb-C-Bb-A-Cb-A --> Ab of Bar 51 which echoes some of the similar figures used throughout the piece. Perhaps that is what is being brought out here, although having tried it I found it hard to do effectively.