How to play ornaments in Krumpholz Sonatas

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    HBrock25 on #145931

    Hi all…wanted some suggestions on how to treat ornaments in Krumpholz’s Sonatas.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #145932

    If you look at Bochsa’s instructions in his method, from slightly later or contemporary times, he says to play ornaments ON the beat, taking their value from the following note. I am not sure about 6/8 movements, though, but however you play those graces, make them short and snappy.

    paul-knoke on #145933

    Hi Zoe

    Those are appogiaturas rather than grace notes in the modern sense. As in Baroque performance practice, they should be played on the beat, take roughly half the value of the “main” note, and often slightly emphasized to make the most of the dissonance and resolution.

    For an excellent overview of harp performance practice of the late 18th century, get a copy of Mike Parker’s book “Child of Pure Harmony”. In it, he brings together a lot of information from the many harp method books published during Krumpholtz’s time.

    Hope this helps,

    Zoe Bocik on #145934

    Thank you both for your responses.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #145935

    If there is no line through the stem of the small note, it is most definitely an appoggiatura. Whether you can trust the notation or not depends on what edition you are playing from.

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