F Alta

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  1. Jimi Michiel

    Jimi Michiel Forte User

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    Hi Manny,
    When a part is marked "in F alta," which way do you transpose? I found the marking in Shosty 1 and it seems logical to transpose down.

    Thanks,
    Jimi
     
  2. Alex Yates

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    Hey Jimi....."alta" means "high" in Italian. ;-)
     
  3. Manny Laureano

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    But...

    ...in this case it's alta like the viola is the "alto" voice. High but not higher than the soprano voice of the violin.

    So, it's a down a fourth from the Bb and down a fifth from the C trumpet.

    You'll find a tradition with the romantic Russian composers and early 20th century Russians as well to make the 3rd part a part for the F Alta.

    ML
     
  4. Jimi Michiel

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    Thanks!
     
  5. Alex Yates

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    Voila!
     
  6. Jimi Michiel

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    Alex, don't you mean "Viola!"?
     
  7. Manny Laureano

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    Crap! You beat me to it, Jimi!

    ML
     
  8. richtom

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    Darn, I always thought it should be "Voisin".
     
  9. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Down a fifth........hic :shock:
    Wilmer
     
  10. Tootsall

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    Yee HAW!

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