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by David Ward
11 Dec 2017, 18:00
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Brahms vs Joachim on articulation
Replies: 9
Views: 139

Re: Brahms vs Joachim on articulation

But do most current composers use slurs to show phrases rather than legato? In a piece I wrote in 1968, I used some long phrase-marks/slurs after what I perceived as the fashion of Verdi. They indicated both phrases and enhanced vocal legato, bel canto as it were, so they were perhaps on the cusp o...
by David Ward
09 Dec 2017, 07:48
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Engraving in MuseScore
Replies: 21
Views: 544

Re: Engraving in MuseScore

… … … I am still experimenting with that. The first top :3 is perfectly playable on the violin, while the second is on the edge of the fingerboard, while the last :3 goes far behind it, yet a tricky to perform, for someone impossible. It is to high and if one misses it, the very very high pitch wil...
by David Ward
30 Nov 2017, 16:31
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Interviews with Elaine Gould
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Interviews with Elaine Gould

Philip Rothman's Scoring Notes has just released the first of a sequence of on-line interviews with Elaine Gould.

Happy St Andrew's Day to any Scots out there!
by David Ward
26 Oct 2017, 20:42
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

The tenuto mark may be understood to have a meaning relating to bow pressure for string players, and one relating to tonguing on woodwind (although that last is open to discussion). As for ten. written over a note, when it is over a highish note in operatic arioso, the singer (especially if a tenor!...
by David Ward
25 Oct 2017, 07:27
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

I agree with you and have long complained of ill-defined articulation. As long ago as my adolescence (1950s) I complained that in a certain style of orchestral playing then prevalent all these (see screenshot) were likely to sound near enough the same, at least on tutti strings, but that I believed ...
by David Ward
24 Oct 2017, 20:27
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Different types of accent in notation & performance
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Different types of accent in notation & performance

These thoughts have developed on from the thread on tied final quavers. I have always understood that on orchestral instruments (bowed strings, woodwind and brass) there should be a different type of attack for each of these types of accent > , sf , fp and <> (as an accent). The first to be a sharp ...
by David Ward
24 Oct 2017, 19:22
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

To add to that, I've just checked some recordings of ‘standard repertoire’ (Bach, Brahms, Grieg, Kodaly &c) by the venerable cellist with whom I'm currently collaborating on a project. Except where a certain ‘bounce’ is implied, or something else is clearly notated, or there are technique reasons fo...
by David Ward
24 Oct 2017, 18:04
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

The Karajan style of legato whenever possible , even when there are no marked slurs, tended to give notes their full value, again whenever possible . This style is now generally out of fashion amongst younger orchestral conductors, who mostly seem to take a cue from the period instrument people and ...
by David Ward
24 Oct 2017, 13:42
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

Here perhaps is a sort of case in point. See the scan of a sketch from the 1980s/90s. In rehearsal the baritone at first cut short the ‘F’ on ‘there’ just a touch (no more), but enough for the ‘all hell from orch’ to lose its shocking effect. Perhaps if I had tied to something short on the next beat...
by David Ward
21 Oct 2017, 21:38
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 52
Views: 1672

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

… … …all of them primarily keyboard players who wrote beautifully for the keyboard, the orchestra, and every medium they touched. Of pianist composers, Brahms is seemingly more considerate than many others in his treatment of the trombones. In the usual (Simrock) edition of the score of his first s...