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by John Ruggero
14 Oct 2018, 15:18
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Finale update
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: Finale update

Reading about the latest improvements seems to make Finale 26 a bust for me on a Mac, as I have never had speed issues. I will use my Finale upgrade money toward a future paid version of Dorico. It seems more likely than not that Dorico will surpass Finale in two years.
by John Ruggero
13 Oct 2018, 19:08
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals

Your system sounds quite logical to me, Anders, and certainly wouldn't be confusing to players or disturb the appearance of the engraving since you carry it out consistently.
by John Ruggero
11 Oct 2018, 14:46
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals

Gould has a discussion of this on page 104. (The following comments do not consider the case where a hairpin continues from a previous staff.) She says that the hairpin should start on the left side of the first note head, a practice I try to follow, unless, of course, there is a dynamic marking und...
by John Ruggero
07 Oct 2018, 14:32
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 66
Views: 13429

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

Or just teach people to hold notes for the written duration unless expressly indicated otherwise! If musical notation were as unambiguous as a fool-proof manual, some of us, at least, would be out of work. Or, work would be a bit dull. As Anders implies, the length of a note also varies with contex...
by John Ruggero
04 Oct 2018, 14:09
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 66
Views: 13429

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

A further complication is that one must take context into account to interpret all musical symbols, even the exact pitch of the notes themselves. This explains why, as David Ward points out, ten. can mean something different in an Italian opera and a Beethoven sonata, or as Anders Hedelin points out...
by John Ruggero
29 Sep 2018, 14:30
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: The shape of the crotchet rest
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: The shape of the crotchet rest

The quarter (semiminima) rest started as a reversed eighth (fusa) rest in white mensural notation, didn’t it? So it would be interesting to know when the form was first used. ...which illustrates once again why someone needs to write a book showing the evolution of every aspect of the notational sy...
by John Ruggero
28 Sep 2018, 22:56
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: The shape of the crotchet rest
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: The shape of the crotchet rest

As a result of which, I'm now having to research the origins of that form of rest.... You may find that the quarter rest has as many variations as the treble clef, maybe even more. I have always found it to be the most difficult musical symbol to draw by hand so that it looks like an engraved symbo...
by John Ruggero
28 Sep 2018, 15:09
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Composers vs Engravers: Stems and Slurs part 10
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Composers vs Engravers: Stems and Slurs part 10

If you let the Shenker-inspired structure-supporting notes be as important as the expressively important notes, and claim that there is just a 'skin-deep' difference between melody and accompaniment you empty the words 'melody' and 'accompaniment' of meaning. And how are we then to discuss, and und...
by John Ruggero
27 Sep 2018, 15:12
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Composers vs Engravers: Stems and Slurs part 10
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Composers vs Engravers: Stems and Slurs part 10

Just a thought: Especially the right-hand slurs of the MS (copy?) are very suggestive in that they seem to begin, not on the first eighth, but on the the first rest, or even before that - and in that they do not end conveniently at the expected 'phrase joints'. Chopin overran most of his slurs, beg...
by John Ruggero
27 Sep 2018, 13:37
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Repetition line
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Repetition line

Gould mentions that it is up to the composer to assign meaning to these different lines, so there appears to be no consensus. Alternatively, a straight line might mean exact repetition, a curved line might mean varied repetition, and and a dashed line might mean intermittent repetition.