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by David Ward
25 Jun 2018, 20:21
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: How best to show alternative words for singer?
Replies: 7
Views: 591

How best to show alternative words for singer?

Is it clear, without further indication, that the lower line (‘2nd verse’ as it were) of lyrics is an alternative in case repetitions of ‘me’ might be uncomfortable for the voice? Voice is dramatic mezzo, tempo is dotted crotchet = 96. In theory, all those repetitions of ‘me’ might have the best dra...
by David Ward
21 Jun 2018, 10:21
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: A modern looking score in 2018?
Replies: 53
Views: 4161

Re: A modern looking score in 2018?

I've just checked three Boulez scores I have here. Two (but not Le marteau sans maître) have straight flags, but none use sans serif text fonts. I'm not sure that the straight flags do anything useful.
by David Ward
19 Jun 2018, 18:36
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: A modern looking score in 2018?
Replies: 53
Views: 4161

Re: A modern looking score in 2018?

On the subject of Serif versus Sans Serif, the way the eye communicates with the brain and the memory is crucial. Design people like sans serif, but a sans serif font doesn't hold the eye in position as well as does a serif font (that is assuming other things are equal), although it might be margina...
by David Ward
31 May 2018, 22:13
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Dorico Pro 2 released
Replies: 79
Views: 6500

Re: Dorico Pro 2 released

Oh, if only I were younger, I'd give Dorico a serious go! However, at 77 I'm probably safer sticking to what I think I know (Finale).
by David Ward
17 May 2018, 12:39
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?

It's turned out to be a bit of a non-problem, as each of the short cadenzas for Bsn 1 in this little (4 min) piece can be made to fit on one system.
by David Ward
16 May 2018, 11:10
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?

Thanks.

I'll work out how best to achieve what she suggests in Finale. (Might be a bit convoluted at first, I suspect, but once done should be repeatable easily enough.)
by David Ward
16 May 2018, 10:29
Forum: Problems and Solutions (Help)
Topic: Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Where & how to place whole bars rest during cadenza?

What is the best solution for placement of the whole bar rest plus pausa under the mini cadenza for bassoon 1? Is it OK where it is, or should it be more to the left?

In Finale I used JW conceal barlines for the cadenza and blank notation in the three lower staves for the concealed whole bars rests.
by David Ward
28 Apr 2018, 14:47
Forum: Engraving Commentaries
Topic: Other comments on notation
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

Re: Other comments on notation

OCTO wrote:
28 Apr 2018, 13:16
I can't open the link, I don't have Facebook anymore. What is that group about?… …
I've never had Facebook so it's the same for me.
by David Ward
07 Apr 2018, 13:26
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Indicating voice types?
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Re: Indicating voice types?

A bit of an up-date: I asked this same question on Twitter. A composer colleague felt my fach for Siduri might have “too many contradictory definitions,” although he went on to add that “soprano fach can be very hard to pin down - every voice being wonderfully individual.” After I added a descriptio...
by David Ward
06 Apr 2018, 10:35
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Indicating voice types?
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Indicating voice types?

Does this mildly non-standard Fach for two of the named roles (Siduri and Utnapishtim) look potentially helpful or not?