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|German to English translations [PRO]|
|German term or phrase: Ansporn|
|„Bei BWV 617 begegnet uns noch eine Besonderheit. Bach notiert hier die beiden Hände als C 24/16 und das Pedal als C 12/8. Die rechte Hand verläuft in Halbenoten und ist deshalb im C-Takt gemeint. Die Taktangabe 24/16 ist für mich Ansporn, die linke Hand so leicht wie möglich zu spielen ohne den geringsten Druck auf der ersten Note jeder Zeit (Kirnberger).“|
One more from the Orgelbüchlein. I´m not sure quite what he means by „Ansporn“.
|In the context|
"challenge" might even fit, sice it's an "incentive" to do something inherently difficult...
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|Well thank you all for a very helpful set of answers. After studying them, I actually wound up understanding what he is really saying here: that the reason Bach wrote the quirky 24/16 rather than just 4/4 with triplet semiquavers is to say that the triplet semiquavers are to be felt as the sub-pulse within the bar, 24 of them, rather than the four or eight sub-divisions of the bar that 4/4 would have implied. Thus (little or) no emphasis on the first of each group of six or three.|
So I made it “The time signature 24/16 is for me a signal to play the left hand as lightly as possible without the slightest emphasis on the first note of each beat (Kirnberger).”
It´s very difficult to say now who contributed most to bringing me to this understanding. Not counting Tom Funke´s “signal”, I´ll give third and second prizes to Ian´s "leads me to" and Gareth´s "prompts", and first to John´s “challenge”, which was maybe the crucial key. It is a challenge, as Deborah said, perhaps even more on the organ than on a piano. But with Bach this goes without saying.
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incentive or encouragement
The Ansporn makes you do something whether in business or simply driving a BMW.