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by David Ward
15 Feb 2018, 22:29
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Thank you John, what you say makes sense.
by David Ward
15 Feb 2018, 11:04
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

A singer who isn't a show-off? Now there's a thought! Seriously, perhaps you may be right, although the D was how I had it until I thought: ‘Why not go for a G?’ There is another high G without option (for now) about an hour later (again doubled by horn), close to the end of the piece (see screensho...
by David Ward
14 Feb 2018, 23:18
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Are my intentions clear for this alternative? - I don't want to use a separate stave. I rather hope the baritone will take the option and sing the high G, but I give the easier version as the standard. (Crotchet = 126.) There may (or may not) be a snatched breath in the quaver rest, with the note be...
by David Ward
08 Jan 2018, 21:25
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Does score quality influence performance?
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: Does score quality influence performance?

I think there are many on this forum who'd like to believe yes, but I ‘hae ma doots’ (as some might say in this part of Scotland). To expand on that: if the music is sufficiently convincing, then any score that is better than dreadful should bring an effective performance from committed and suitably...
by David Ward
07 Jan 2018, 08:20
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Hauptstimme/Nebenstimme
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Hauptstimme/Nebenstimme

I use the Haupstimme sign from Fravura-Extra. I used to use Opus Special for this, but it doesn't seem to display correctly for me in Finale 25, although it was fine in older versions of Finale.
by David Ward
21 Dec 2017, 07:57
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Composers vs Engravers: Contraindications
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: Composer vs Engravers: Contraindications

"The better, the composer, the better, the notation." While this is broadly true for manuscript notation (I think I may be a little less exacting than John: not just about this), does it also apply to a composer's computer notation? There can be some dreadful frustrations when trying to do on the c...
by David Ward
11 Dec 2017, 18:00
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Brahms vs Joachim on articulation
Replies: 12
Views: 733

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: 1213

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: 254

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: 2976

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!...