A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

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A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

Post by Schonbergian » 27 Nov 2017, 19:11

We will be performing Brahms's Begraebnisgesang in the coming months with organ accompaniment, and I was surprised to find out that only one score with keyboard reduction has been published - a modern edition by Breitkopf. I could scarcely prepare myself for the horror I was about to see when I clicked on "Look Inside".

https://issuu.com/breitkopf/docs/eb_831 ... 5/42199946

Outside of the Chopin National Edition, this is probably the worst abuse of font mixing I have ever seen. Suffice to say that this score will be reserved for the hapless organist, with the rest of us using a properly published score.

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Re: A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

Post by tisimst » 03 Dec 2017, 04:34

It’s a great sans serif (Frutiger Next, for the interested), just a terrible mix, like you said. If it were only used on the prefacing material, it might be forgivable, but not a great choice in the music context alongside traditional Times for metronome marks and lyrics.
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Re: A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

Post by John Ruggero » 07 Dec 2017, 22:52

The music engraving is also unappetizing.
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Re: A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

Post by OCTO » 08 Dec 2017, 14:26

Friends, I get completely different font displayed on two different machines. But I don't see any sans in the music.
What do you see?
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Re: A case study in why not to use sans-serifs

Post by engelbach » 16 Dec 2017, 18:06

OCTO wrote:
08 Dec 2017, 14:26
Friends, I get completely different font displayed on two different machines. But I don't see any sans in the music.
What do you see?
Ditto. I see sans serif only at the top of the title page, the page numbers, and the footers. None in the score itself.

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