About the Music
In the Silence by is an intermediate short work that features a rest-stroke upper melody with free-stroke arpeggiated accompaniment. Technical challenges include hinge barring, glissando, campanella, and harmonics.
The “HB” marking stands for hinge bar, meaning a finger forms a note and then”hinges” down to bar multple notes. In m. 4, from the end of the 2nd beat to the 4th beat, the 1st finger slurs to A (hammer-on), then while remaining in contact, hinges downward to bar across string (2) to form C#.
This passage is a bit challenging, since the barred C# on (2) sustains, while the 2 finger reaches across to play the F# on (6).
mm. 4-5 played slowly
mm. 19-21 played slowly
Meaning bell-like, campanella is a way of playing a passage so that scalar notes are played on adjacent strings, so that the notes ring over one another. To achieve, campanella is always realized in a higher position as seen in mm. 19-21.
The diagonal line between two note heads (mm. 19, 21) indicates glissando, which sounds, by sliding finger 2 from fret VII to fret V without releasing finger pressure.
Harmonics and Campanella
At the pickup to m. 11, the melodic line incorporates harmonics, bleeding in their duration over fingered notes and which render another type of campanella effect. Notice the harmonic D on (3) at VII has an indefinite tie, which indicates that it sustains:
The end of the piece requires two special techniques: a one-handed harmonic and left-hand articulated note. To play the harmonic, touch i on (4) at fret XII, then stroke the string with p, following through behind i. The final F# on (1) sounds by fingering both F# with 2 and G with 4, then, pull off 4 (downward slur) to sound F#.