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by David Ward
23 Sep 2018, 13:14
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: New to engraving...am I on the right track?
Replies: 21
Views: 1193

Re: New to engraving...am I on the right track?

I'll go along with John there. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the master of rendering an expressive, meaningful text in singing, said that a sounding consonant before a vowel should be intonated at the pitch of the vowel, even if it precedes the new harmony (!). The (sounding) consonant becomes a sort o...
by David Ward
15 Sep 2018, 18:17
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Position of objects
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Position of objects

I like them as they are, but don't claim to be an expert in the finer points of engraving.

EDIT: Ideally, shouldn't the :forte and the staccatissimo instruction be closer to the notes than the beat symbols? Maybe that's not practical?
by David Ward
13 Sep 2018, 13:15
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Single note of 5/4
Replies: 7
Views: 2023

Re: Single note of 5/4

Here is another solution of Crumb. Composers seem to suffer from this note-value. There is undoubtedly a logic to that notation, but unfortunately the usual more complicated way of notating it is what musicians have become used to reading almost by instinct. Anything new has to be questioned and le...
by David Ward
09 Sep 2018, 16:41
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Piano octaving
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: Piano octaving

I'm glad you answered John. I was going to suggest the same as you, but much better from an experienced pianist (which I am not).

(I am assuming that this is for piano or at least keyboard of some kind.)
by David Ward
08 Sep 2018, 08:21
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Legatos in the vocal music
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Legatos in the vocal music

… … … On further thought I don't see any compelling reason why in this instance you should not add legato slurs to groups of syllables. Interestingly, here in Boulez, he indeed uses slurs as the phrasing tool. It looks similar to what I would need. Boulez, Pli Selon Pli 3 This use of two levels of ...
by David Ward
06 Sep 2018, 13:45
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Legatos in the vocal music
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Legatos in the vocal music

… … …David, could you give me an example of what you're talking about with the single syllable? I'll see if I can find a suitable example if it doesn't involve awkward scanning. The semiquavers - interrupted into two groups - on the first syllable of ‘murdered’ in the Song of the Head about 9'30 in...
by David Ward
06 Sep 2018, 08:30
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Legatos in the vocal music
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Legatos in the vocal music

Interestingly, I'm sometimes faced with the opposite problem - a sequence of notes on one vowel which would by modern convention be covered by a slur, but which I do not want sung legato. The 19th century vocal beaming is less than ideal for reading rhythms, but does allow slurs to have only their l...
by David Ward
06 Sep 2018, 06:51
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Legatos in the vocal music
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Legatos in the vocal music

OCTO I'm guessing that you want to show exactly where the the individual legato phrases begin and end? On further thought I don't see any compelling reason why in this instance you should not add legato slurs to groups of syllables. It should be obvious what they are intended to mean, as they were c...
by David Ward
05 Sep 2018, 21:38
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Legatos in the vocal music
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Legatos in the vocal music

"molto legato" would fit the bill.… As Schonbergian says “molto legato” or a similar direction should fit the bill. In earlier times long legato phrase marks were often placed over multiple syllables (cf Verdi), but that is rarely done in modern notation. It's not quite forbidden, but it's usually ...
by David Ward
09 Aug 2018, 17:47
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: Music Type Foundry - question
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Music Type Foundry - question

OCTO wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 09:31
… … … Add: OTOH, David Ward has always astound me with his simple but always correct and beautiful use of the standard Finale fonts in his scores.
:)