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by David Ward
13 Nov 2018, 16:13
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying
Replies: 12
Views: 1476

Re: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying

In the wider context of this thread, what do you all make of this? About two years ago, a string quartet I'd written in the 1990s was to be performed. At the time of its composition, I'd very hurriedly hand copied the parts for the imminent public premiere, not in ink like a professional copyist, bu...
by David Ward
11 Nov 2018, 20:46
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying
Replies: 12
Views: 1476

Re: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying

… … … For example, much of the music of Mozart is flawless from every point of view… … … This statement makes me uncomfortable, although I can't disprove it. I don't think it's perfection that makes great art, but rather the inclusion and effective dealing with inherent flaws (since we are being ph...
by David Ward
07 Nov 2018, 21:38
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying
Replies: 12
Views: 1476

Re: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying

I agree with you both, but then most of my composing career has been with manuscript fair copies (my drafts are still MS). I too often commit annoying computer engraving solecisms that embarrass me when I discover them after distribution of the printed copies. Dorico style automation might save me f...
by David Ward
06 Nov 2018, 19:53
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Headless notes and their articulations
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Headless notes and their articulations

I would do it as in the first example.
by David Ward
03 Nov 2018, 15:08
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: New font for figured bass: Figurato
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: New font for figured bass: Figurato

Thanks, John, this is useful information. I think I'm usually correct in my interpretation of figured bass (purely for study, I have no need to perform from it), but felt I'd like to be better informed. As for the modern more-or-less equivalent of figured bass, chord symbols, these sometimes flummox...
by David Ward
01 Nov 2018, 18:57
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: New font for figured bass: Figurato
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: New font for figured bass: Figurato

This is a bit OT, but follows on logically enough from Florian's post above. Can anyone recommend a very good book explaining in detail the conventions of figured bass notation?
by David Ward
24 Oct 2018, 18:03
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Accidentals in early Berg
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Accidentals in early Berg

Yes, I think it probable that Sandy's explanation was just as yours. It makes sense.

I think it does make it difficult for the singer, though, and perhaps it could have been notated differently.
by David Ward
24 Oct 2018, 09:50
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Accidentals in early Berg
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Accidentals in early Berg

Can anyone comment on why the singer has a B :f rather than an A :s in the second bar of the first of Berg's 7 Early Songs ? In 1959 I vaguely recall asking my composition teacher Sandy Goehr why it was written this way, but I don't remember his response (if any). In a different context, and freed f...
by David Ward
13 Oct 2018, 09:23
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Finale update
Replies: 12
Views: 1193

Re: Finale update

Are you on Mac or Windows?

There are definite speed improvements for Mac, so I aim to upgrade, although I always wait for at least several weeks after the release in case disasters are reported by others.
by David Ward
10 Oct 2018, 09:58
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals

#1 as Florian says.