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by benwiggy
07 Feb 2018, 12:37
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Does score quality influence performance?
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Does score quality influence performance?

There have certainly been studies on the legibility of text, and how pages that follow 'bad' typographic practices can be shown to be more difficult to read. I see no reason why music would not be similar. 'Good practice' in notation is usually there to avoid ambiguity and to reinforce the message. ...
by benwiggy
31 Oct 2017, 21:45
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: What notation program is this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1001

Re: What notation program is this?

Nightingale was my first foray into computer notation, and by all accounts it was terrible. I was eventually able to get a cross-grade to Finale, and the difference was night and day.
by benwiggy
31 Oct 2017, 21:40
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: The treble clef as handwritten by great composers
Replies: 44
Views: 2786

Re: The treble clef as handwritten by great composers

Here's Antonio Lotti's G clef:
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by benwiggy
21 Oct 2017, 22:23
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

My one claim to fame is being personally told by Solti his anecdote about tempi in Rosenkavelier, when Strauss said to him "Just sing it as you would speak it".
by benwiggy
20 Oct 2017, 16:02
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

In other words, that kind of confirms that it's not really a quaver, and most English choirs should (or would) sing it as if it were'nt there.
by benwiggy
20 Oct 2017, 06:38
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

I remember discussing it on the Finale forum in the past, but I'm unable to track down the thread. We've discussed it before and you (!) recommended Berthold City Light Italic as the closest match. It's not perfect, but I've not been able to find anything closer since. Novello used the same font fo...
by benwiggy
19 Oct 2017, 20:43
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

So does it mean "make sure you hold the note to the beat", or does it mean "go beyond the beat"? (and if the latter, to what purpose?)

Many conductors tell choirs to ignore them; the alternative is often a precious over-emphasis -- particularly if it has a consonant.
by benwiggy
19 Oct 2017, 16:54
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

Here's some not particularly attractive examples:
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by benwiggy
19 Oct 2017, 16:20
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 3003

tied quavers everywhere!

There seemed to be a vogue in mid-20th-century choral music (particularly) of adding tied quavers to the ends of every phrase, particularly on longer note values. I've seen it in the works of Vaughan-Williams, Howells, Carter and others. I was wondering if someone here might know: was this a composi...
by benwiggy
15 Sep 2017, 13:35
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: A case for slab serifs in music
Replies: 42
Views: 2978

Re: A case for slab serifs in music

Here's where I mention Kepler again. There are many (far too many) weights, optical sizes and styles to choose from. For lyrics, the Caption SemiCondensed face is just amazing in terms of legibility at sizes that don't distort the note spacing.

https://www.fontspring.com/fonts/adobe/kepler-std