An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

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An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by David Ward » 14 Feb 2018, 23:18

Are my intentions clear for this alternative? - I don't want to use a separate stave. I rather hope the baritone will take the option and sing the high G, but I give the easier version as the standard. (Crotchet = 126.)

There may (or may not) be a snatched breath in the quaver rest, with the note before the rest only just there. The A# B and D are doubled by a horn starting mf then cresc. The baritone is expected to be ff throughout.

I found Finale's dashed curve better in this situation than the new(ish) dashed slur.
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Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by Schonbergian » 15 Feb 2018, 03:56

If you want the high G, make that the full-size note. 95% of singers that aren't show-offs (myself included) would take the D as we'd presume it to be your preferred option.

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Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by David Ward » 15 Feb 2018, 11:04

A singer who isn't a show-off? Now there's a thought!

Seriously, perhaps you may be right, although the D was how I had it until I thought: ‘Why not go for a G?’ There is another high G without option (for now) about an hour later (again doubled by horn), close to the end of the piece (see screenshot - crotchet = 112). An E would fit the harmony on this later occasion, so maybe I should give it as an alternative. Any baritone who takes on this role, which is the dominant role in the two hour piece, is likely to be able to sing a high G as such. However, the role is substantial and demanding, and it requires effective and widely varied vocal acting &c &c, so one doesn't want to overdo things and risk straining the voice.
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Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by John Ruggero » 15 Feb 2018, 12:36

It's clear as is, but I would leave off "oppure", move the upper "jaws" so it is directly over the lower "jaws" (-: add extension lines to the upper "jaws" and "clay" and give the dashed slur more dashes by changing the setting so the dashes and spaces are smaller: it would be more visible.
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Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by David Ward » 15 Feb 2018, 22:29

Thank you John, what you say makes sense.

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Re: An ossia (or oppure) - is this one clear?

Post by John Ruggero » 16 Feb 2018, 20:52

You are welcome, David. One might also put a small up stem on the A# or a small A# next to the large one as you do with the next two notes.
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