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by David Ward
08 Apr 2019, 18:22
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Composers vs Editors: Another controversial note
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Composers vs Editors: Another controversial note

… … …I have begun work on Beethoven's piano sonatas and will probably post here regarding my observations as I go. If you let me know the details when ready, assuming I'm still compos mentis (well, I am getting a bit ancient), I'd like to buy your Beethoven sonata edition. There might be less point...
by David Ward
07 Apr 2019, 12:57
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Comparing text fonts (Operatic Score)
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: Comparing text fonts (Operatic Score)

SantaKiwi wrote:
07 Apr 2019, 10:44
… … …
David,
From your opinion, having tested both examples, which do you prefer in terms of both clarity and ease of reading? (I am assuming the second since it is a serif font, but just to confirm).
Yes, I do indeed prefer the second.
by David Ward
07 Apr 2019, 09:01
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Comparing text fonts (Operatic Score)
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: Comparing text fonts (Operatic Score)

There does indeed seem to be some research (though I don't know how thoroughly ‘peer reviewed’ etc) that suggests that sight-reading a vocal score with the libretto in a serif font is less prone to error than if it's in a sans serif one. It's something to do with ‘locking’ the eye in place. FWIW I c...
by David Ward
06 Apr 2019, 15:36
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Best way to notate long(ish) voiced consonant?
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Best way to notate long(ish) voiced consonant?

What do members of the forum think might be the neatest way to notate that the ‘m’ of ‘doom’ should perhaps be held as a voiced consonant for the whole of the last bar in the screenshot?

I can think of several different ways which should all be understood, but am looking for the neatest.
by David Ward
03 Mar 2019, 19:44
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: When to respell enharmonically?
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Re: When to respell enharmonically?

I suspect you're probably thinking along the right lines. Enharmonics can be a quagmire. As it happens just two or three minutes ago I was noticing a vocal line I wrote in 2012 which has (in order) D sharp, F natural, F sharp. From the point of view of the vocal line alone E sharp would be better, b...
by David Ward
11 Feb 2019, 22:15
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Dorico forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Dorico forum?

Thanks: looks interesting (with some familiar names).
by David Ward
11 Feb 2019, 21:04
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Dorico forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Dorico forum?

Is there a Dorico users' forum as such? If not which is the most useful forum to monitor if one wants to assess whether or not one might one day succumb and transfer to using it? I feel very reluctant to make the change from Finale, despite all the frustrations, as a) I'll probably have to keep up-d...
by David Ward
14 Jan 2019, 22:24
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Accidentals in early Berg
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Accidentals in early Berg

To come back on this, I've sometimes worked with singers who have perfect pitch but limited knowledge of harmony. Although such singers almost never sing out of tune (as such), they do sometimes sing wrong notes. That's a bit like striking the wrong note on a piano, they tell me, as it's ‘in tune’ a...
by David Ward
07 Dec 2018, 17:12
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Non-melisma slurs in vocal music?
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Non-melisma slurs in vocal music?

Is my meaning clear from my use of a slur for the Dowager in bars 224 & 225? Crotchet (1/4) = 84. This is a piece put aside in 2011 and now due extensive revision, including in its engraving (eg I plan smaller italic bar numbers, all vocal articulations to be above the stave &c &c &c). However, my s...