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Transports de Joie - How to play the Slurs between Staves?

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  • Transports de Joie - How to play the Slurs between Staves?

    I'm hoping one of the more knowledgeable Messiaen players amongst you can help out with this Dumb Question....


    Having stopped playing the organ 20+ years ago (organ exam trauma, change of career, left town, etc), I finally bought myself a respectable 2-manual Toaster and have been progressively dusting off my old sheet music. </p>

    One day, I'll get round to finding a teacher again and taking some classes but before I go embarrass myself in front of others, I'm doing abit of note-bashing.

    I'm currently relearning the last significant piece I learnt before I stopped - Messiaen's Transport de Joie from L'Ascension. It's been surprising how many of the chords/running passages have fallen back under my fingers/feet (at speeds variable) but, for the life of me, I cannot recall how to articulate the slurs marked between the staves in the following 2 passages:</p><ul>[*]Third bar (5/8) and fourth bar (2/4) of the Third section marked Vif (ie, the FFF one)[*]Tenth and eleventh bars(both 4/4) of the same section. [/list]

    I do recall that in these passages, the top line "tune" in both hands should be legato whilst the underlying chords should be staccato, but are the notes marked by slurs between the staves to be held over or detached? My teacher must have told me but I never wrote it on my copy *idiot me*.

    Anyone care to enlighten me?</p>



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    Re: Transports de Joie - How to play the Slurs between Staves?

    From my short-term memory of music I wanted to arrange and edit into MIDI music files on my Cakewalk sequencer to later play back in real-time on my dad's residence pipe organ (but for whatever reason I never added back in '89 or '90), I believe inthat particular piece by Messiaen you would hold over/playthe notes from one stave tothe other...but that's just my guess since I no longer have the sheet music after selling it all along with the organ.[:(]</P>

    I could be wrong, though...I'm not an organist, but I wish I was...</P>