The above excerpt is the beginning of the soli for flute, oboe and bassoon in the second movement of Beethoven Symphony No. 7. How do you think the first beat of the third measure should be played? This question has bothered me for a long time, because I've heard it played "flipped"(almost double dotted), and I've heard it played as straight 16th notes (on the beat in both cases). Furthermore, when the strings play this melody earlier in the movement, they often play it differently from the woodwinds, even in world class orchestras! My research has shown that the strings often flip the appogiatura, and the winds tend to play it as straight 16ths.
What's your take on this? Should the winds match the constant 16ths being played in the strings accompanying this soli? Or does artistic flair demand deviation?
Please post your comments soon, because I'm rehearsing this movement tomorrow morning, and I'd like your feedback to use in any potential discussion with the flutist and oboist!