help on a particular sheet music notation - clair de lune

Discuss technical aspects of piano playing and recording.

Moderators: pianolady, techneut, robert


help on a particular sheet music notation - clair de lune

Postby Anonymous » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:34 am


I have a question about how the notes in a piece I'm learning are written in the sheet music.

In the 11th measure of clair de lune, the second beat in is a chord of D and high D, with an A (stem down) just before it. Listening to this piece, I hear the three notes played together, so why is the A not on the stem with the surrounding D notes? Why is it on a separate downward stem? This appears a few times in the piece. I'm confused.


François Micol
Posts: 60
Joined: Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:48 pm
Location: Lyon, France

Postby François Micol » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:38 pm

The A is a quarter note, while the D (and E) octaves are eighth notes. Therefore, A and D-D are played together but the A must be held until the next beat.


Postby Anonymous » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:34 am

Thank you - I had never come across this before.

Return to “Technique”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests