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by David Ward
07 Dec 2018, 17:12
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Non-melisma slurs in vocal music?
Replies: 1
Views: 102

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...
by David Ward
30 Nov 2018, 07:42
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: More Dorico updates!
Replies: 38
Views: 1981

Re: More Dorico updates!

Thanks Ben and Florian, this is all good to know.
by David Ward
29 Nov 2018, 20:01
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: More Dorico updates!
Replies: 38
Views: 1981

Re: More Dorico updates!

How easy would it be to typeset these pages in Dorico (see 2 scans of the A3 MS)? I think I might work out how to try in Finale, but…

(BTW these pages are not from the opera referred to in my previous post in this thread.)
by David Ward
28 Nov 2018, 22:40
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: More Dorico updates!
Replies: 38
Views: 1981

Re: More Dorico updates!

Oh dear, oh dear: why was Dorico not around when I started computer notation? I'm soon to be 78 and realize I simply can't face learning new software to replace Finale, but am instead frustrating myself trying to revise a huge - gigantic, 16 very large files - piece originally typeset in Finale 2010...
by David Ward
13 Nov 2018, 16:13
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Beauty in a digitalised world of music copying
Replies: 12
Views: 1781

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: 1781

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: 1781

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: 998

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: 1247

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: 1247

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?