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by David Ward
13 Oct 2018, 09:23
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Finale update
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Finale update

Are you on Mac or Windows?

There are definite speed improvements for Mac, so I aim to upgrade, although I always wait for at least several weeks after the release in case disasters are reported by others.
by David Ward
10 Oct 2018, 09:58
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Hairpin left edge vs. accidentals

#1 as Florian says.
by David Ward
04 Oct 2018, 06:52
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: tied quavers everywhere!
Replies: 66
Views: 13478

Re: tied quavers everywhere!

I think a potential problem with that might be the way ‘ten’ over a note is often interpreted in Italian opera to mean hold it well beyond the written value. I wonder whether or not we know definitively just what Verdi and maybe even more Puccini did mean by ‘ten.’ The held-for-ever high B at the en...
by David Ward
28 Sep 2018, 14:00
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: The shape of the crotchet rest
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: The shape of the crotchet rest

A good image. Checking my own very quickly-without-thinking hand-written crotchet rests, they seem to be a Z drawn from the top at 20º from vertical continuing into a C at 0º below. A “Z with a C below” seems pretty close and a very clever way for a young child to remember how to draw the rest.
by David Ward
23 Sep 2018, 18:45
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: New to engraving...am I on the right track?
Replies: 24
Views: 1946

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

I agree that ‘noth-ing’ would be totally absurd. It does seem to exist in some on-line & computer hyphenage, but it is not in either the 1933 twelve volume Oxford dictionary or the 1983 two volume one (I've just checked as I have both here), so I don't know the origins of that absurdity, nor of some...
by David Ward
23 Sep 2018, 13:14
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: New to engraving...am I on the right track?
Replies: 24
Views: 1946

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: 196

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: 2293

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: 424

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: 738

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 ...