Schneider wrote: ↑
31 Oct 2019, 10:30
Last but not least, I find the double subdivided beams really unpleasant/harder to read (see also bar 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10):Is it specific to the piano
Unfortunately the practice of subdividing the beats by beam breaking seems to be universal now, and not just in piano music. I even see it in the Schenker-Beethoven edition. I did it in all the orchestral parts I copied for A. Arnstein, because he required it, and I think that it is advisable for ensemble music that requires quick preparation.
Where I haven't seen it is in the MS of the 18th and 19th composers that I am editing, who seem to have had a high opinion of musicians. And, of course, I engrave their beaming, because every beam break creates a little barrier that impedes the overall visual flow of the music and can distort the meaning of the note groups, which does not always coincide with the even division of the beats.
For example, in your last example, the break comes right in the middle of a short trill that begins before the beat, and this might lead to an incorrect performance of the figure. Needless to say, Bach did not make such a break in the MS of the violin version.
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