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#2112286 - 07/03/13 04:07 PM Let the music breathe
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When someone says this do they just mean putting a bit (more) of a pause between phrases? Or are there other meanings and connotations?


Edited by pianoloverus (07/03/13 04:08 PM)

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#2112291 - 07/03/13 04:12 PM Re: Let the music breathe [Re: pianoloverus]
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I'm sure it has a lot of overlapping connotations, and I'm not nearly good enough to have a bead on all the ways in which the idea might have pianistic applications, but usually my teacher literally wants me to use my hands to exhale a phrase, almost as if I were singing the phrases and then taking a breath. Depending on the music, but certainly in bel canto type pieces, it sure can give the piece a more natural sound as you let certain expression develop over a phrase and then give some room for it to resolve while you move in to the next phrase.


Edited by TwoSnowflakes (07/03/13 04:15 PM)
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#2112294 - 07/03/13 04:14 PM Re: Let the music breathe [Re: pianoloverus]
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Usually, yes, or maybe in other special instances, taking time in the middle of a phrase.

Sometimes, singers tell me to take a little more time at a certain point of the music, so they can take a breath without having to squeeze it in/freak out over it/inhale too rapidly.

When you get used to doing things like this, it's actually quite natural and sounds great, just like punctuation when speaking (pausing slightly where a comma would be, or at the end of a period). Of course, this can be overdone, and must be done judiciously and tastefully, but that comes with experience and learning.

I think in the end, it's all about having a natural sound, which can't be forced... And many times, barreling through cadences or arrival points in strict metronomical tempo doesn't really sound that natural.

EDIT: I didn't read the reply above me before posting this. ha


Edited by Orange Soda King (07/03/13 04:15 PM)

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