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by David Ward
31 Oct 2019, 15:42
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Future of notation software
Replies: 17
Views: 1333

Re: Future of notation software

Yes I agree with you both benwiggy & OCTO. Things (the future of sheet music etc etc) are insecure, but also unknown. Maybe something good will come of it all, though whether or not I'll live long enough to see (and appreciate) it is another question.
by David Ward
24 Oct 2019, 15:21
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Harp 'quickly mute' indication
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Harp 'quickly mute' indication

I've just spoken to a harp player. She said that in an example such as the one given the player would normally damp at the rests anyway, unless there was insufficient time to do so, in which case there would be no point asking for it. Gould has various things to say about this on pages 364 & 365 inc...
by David Ward
23 Oct 2019, 21:39
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Harp 'quickly mute' indication
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Harp 'quickly mute' indication

A vertical square bracket such as [ elongated as necessary to encompass the chord indicates not to play arpeggios. (You could then add sempre sim.) The direction ‘sons étouffée’ indicates damping immediately to produce a dry staccato. Otherwise ‘étouffe’ or the English equivalent ‘damp’ immediately ...
by David Ward
23 Oct 2019, 13:14
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Another vocal score question
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Re: Another vocal score question

Thank you all for confirming what I'd suspected was the case.
by David Ward
20 Oct 2019, 11:21
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Another vocal score question
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Another vocal score question

On small small cue staves in a vocal score should one always use piano clefs? In the full score the trombone is in the tenor clef but I've used the treble on the cue stave, which looks a bit odd to me, but I suspect is the best practice (after all one doesn't use transpositions on such staves). The ...
by David Ward
20 Oct 2019, 07:22
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Beethoven’s Metronome Markings in op. 106
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: Beethoven’s Metronome Markings in op. 106

Has anybody here heard Igor Levit's recording of Op 106? I expect he has the mechanical technique to play all movements at metronome speed: but does he? I know Brendel regards the metronome markings as plain wrong, but I (who can't possibly play Op 106 at any speed, except in my head) would love to ...
by David Ward
15 Oct 2019, 21:08
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: "Warmth" and Note Size
Replies: 50
Views: 3555

Re: "Warmth" and Note Size

Shouldn't that be mezza voce with a feminine ending ‘half voice’ and an example of Beethoven's use of a vocal technique term in instrumental music. To a singer it would suggest singing without full vocal tone usually pianissimo, perhaps achievable here on the piano via the una corda.
by David Ward
05 Oct 2019, 21:03
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: A very dotted note (Notational curiosity vol2.)
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: A very dotted note (Notational curiosity vol2.)

I should certainly have remembered the quadruple dots for the chorus in the Verdi Requiem (which also has numerous triple dots in both vocal and instrumental parts).
by David Ward
04 Oct 2019, 20:34
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: A very dotted note (Notational curiosity vol2.)
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: A very dotted note (Notational curiosity vol2.)

There are certainly triple dots in Bruckner in the 9th Symphony, but I think elsewhere too.

I remember a thread on the old Finale forum in which people were complaining about mere double dots on the grounds that ‘most’ sight-readers would get them wrong. Really?
by David Ward
02 Oct 2019, 07:17
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Arpeggio indication: slower
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Arpeggio indication: slower

I like the first solution suggested by MalteM.