Friday, August 22, 2008

Villa-Lobos Prelude One

Heitor Villa-Lobos' Prelude One

Let's start at the beginning and look at Prelude One in E Minor. The opening begins with what has been described as a "cello-like" line and tone performed upon the fifth and fourth strings with a harmonization executed on the trebles. New players beware: the melody in the bass takes prominence, not the accompaniment!





Please note the tempo markings and accents added. I think I may have scribbled in the vibrato markings and their releases. Looks like my poor handwriting. I was told to rasgueado the chords in the 3/8 section although it looks like a thumb might do the trick. I like the Spanish flair of the rasg. Personal taste. I tend to play the following eighth note chord and harmonic almost staccato. Personal taste again. Try it and see what you come up with. There is no wrong answer!

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