Can someone familiar with “Berceuse” by Nicolas Flagello help me figure out this apparent misprint?
I’m playing from Lucile Lawrence’s collection, “Solos for the Harp Player”, and the offending passage may be found at the bottom of page 49, third (last) measure, the chord in the left hand on beat 1.
I didn’t even realize for a long time that I wasn’t playing what was on the page. What I was doing (without thinking) was playing the chord in its notated clef and register but ignoring the printed accidentals: [A E G Bb] instead of the printed [A E Gb B#]. Note that as printed this is not harp-friendly notation (simultaneous Gb and G natural, Bb and B#) but possible with enharmonics Cnatural for B# and F# for Gb — but I doubt Lawrence would have selected that editing choice!
I wonder if what’s intended is one of the following:
a missing bass clef symbol just for that chord: [C G Bb D#]. Jarringly low register.
as if it were notated in bass clef [C G Bb D#], but two octaves higher (same register as the LH chord in the 1st measure of that system). There’s a logic to that in the upward progression of the sequence in both hands.
as I have been playing it (ignoring the printed accidentals and going by the pedals): [A E G Bb]
In any case I believe the remainder of the bar is proper as written, in treble clef.
Unfortunately in the modern, swirly aural palette of this section, my ear/analysis does not help me much. I have a slight preference for option 3, but that might just be because that’s what I’ve been hearing as I practiced. I have found student recordings on YouTube that didn’t seem like reliable sources, and one single recording on Spotify, by Carolyn Mills (Préludes & Romances, 2018) that as far as I can tell seems to play it like my option 3, but I could be wrong.
It’s a wonderful little piece! I’d like to do justice to the composer’s intention. Does anyone have an edition outside the Lawrence collection?