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by David Ward
01 Nov 2018, 18:57
Forum: Type and Font Design
Topic: New font for figured bass: Figurato
Replies: 9
Views: 1834

Re: New font for figured bass: Figurato

This is a bit OT, but follows on logically enough from Florian's post above. Can anyone recommend a very good book explaining in detail the conventions of figured bass notation?
by David Ward
24 Oct 2018, 18:03
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Accidentals in early Berg
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: Accidentals in early Berg

Yes, I think it probable that Sandy's explanation was just as yours. It makes sense.

I think it does make it difficult for the singer, though, and perhaps it could have been notated differently.
by David Ward
24 Oct 2018, 09:50
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Accidentals in early Berg
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Accidentals in early Berg

Can anyone comment on why the singer has a B :f rather than an A :s in the second bar of the first of Berg's 7 Early Songs ? In 1959 I vaguely recall asking my composition teacher Sandy Goehr why it was written this way, but I don't remember his response (if any). In a different context, and freed f...
by David Ward
13 Oct 2018, 09:23
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Finale update
Replies: 12
Views: 1873

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: 1492

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: 19832

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: 902

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: 5121

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: 5121

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: 694

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?