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by David Ward
13 Jun 2019, 12:58
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Making the switch to Dorico?
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: Making the switch to Dorico?

… … … I suppose we are both lucky to have the tools that suit us. None of the computer music typesetting tools really suit me as a composer: manuscript is more instinctive, natural and flexible (and I still use it for all the preliminary stages). However economics mean it's much (hugely) less expen...
by David Ward
01 Jun 2019, 21:01
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: "Progressive Correction": Beethoven
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: "Progressive Correction": Beethoven

It also makes me wonder whether I shouldn't try to preserve more of the personal touches (even eccentricities) from my pencil sketches and drafts when I typeset my own scores in Finale. Something can be lost, certainly.
by David Ward
25 May 2019, 06:44
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Beethoven Slurs
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Beethoven Slurs

benwiggy wrote:
24 May 2019, 21:06
I can't add anything to this, but I must applaud you for your superb attention to detail and understanding in all of these posts. This is so interesting and I think there's a book to be published in your study of Beethoven's use of notation.
Yes!
by David Ward
10 May 2019, 18:26
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Beethoven Stems
Replies: 18
Views: 1216

Re: Beethoven Stems

John, a very minor question: I see Beethoven has a dotted crotchet (quarter) rest, but that you prefer crotchet followed by quaver (eighth). Why?
by David Ward
08 Apr 2019, 18:22
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Composers vs Editors: Another controversial note
Replies: 8
Views: 1275

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: 2842

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: 2842

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: 823

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: 565

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...