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by David Ward
08 Jan 2018, 21:25
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Does score quality influence performance?
Replies: 4
Views: 162

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: 153

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: 496

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: 544

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: 940

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: 204

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: 2377

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: 2377

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: 586

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: 2377

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...