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    Question Help! Why are some of these notes small?

    I'm currently working on an arrangement of Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre and I'm looking at this score from IMSLP for inspiration. I came across some grace-note sized notes in the string section and I'm not sure what they mean. They only occur in the pizzicato sections. Here's an example:
    DM small notes 1.jpg

    My first thought is that they are only to be played by a smaller section, but I couldn't find any info to confirm that and there's no annotation indicating it. I wondered also if they might mean muted pizzicato...

    Can anyone help?

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    Yes, the cues notes are to be played if there is no harp.
    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Ahh! Thank you so much Vasks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelbox81 View Post
    I'm currently working on an arrangement of Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre and I'm looking at this score from IMSLP for inspiration. I came across some grace-note sized notes in the string section and I'm not sure what they mean. They only occur in the pizzicato sections. Here's an example:
    DM small notes 1.jpg

    My first thought is that they are only to be played by a smaller section, but I couldn't find any info to confirm that and there's no annotation indicating it. I wondered also if they might mean muted pizzicato...

    Can anyone help?
    I like this piece more and more. Catchy. Short.

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