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Resouce: Geoffrey Chew. "Articulation and phrasing." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, (accessed October 17, 2010).
I found this article by curious of the deeper meaning and usage of articulation. It is interesting that articulation does not only mean the detachment, staccato or slurs of the notes, it also includes the phrasing and the melodic progressions. I used to think that articulation needs to be put in the most important consideration for the Bach’s music and other Baroque music; however, after reading through this article, I think that articulation is not only a requirement of the certain music style, it is the key of musical expression and musical impression.
According to the article, it says “The term ‘phrasing’ implies a linguistic or syntactic analogy, and since the 18th century this analogy has constantly been invoked in discussing the grouping of successive notes, especially in melodies; the term ‘articulation’ refers primarily to the degree to which a performer detaches individual notes from one another in practice (e.g. in staccato and legato).” It seems that there are distinctions between these two terms, the phrasing works for the melodies while the articulation serves for the notes; however, in my personal perspective, they are from the same family. Melodies are made up by notes and the proper articulation on each note sets up the progressions of phrases .Indeed, we cannot just focus on every single note when we play the whole piece, otherwise, everywhere details or arrangement will make the piece separately; however, at the same time, our professors always tell us to put more time on the trivial things---articulation, dynamic, etc. It is not easy to present a well-organized piece which still has those sparkling details. In the article, it provides us a clue attain the goal.
The author wrote down “Resources of articulation also differ with the performing medium and...