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Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 05 Feb 2018, 05:10
by arco
What is the recommended practice for when these two are at the same position for a measure starting on the left of the page? Are they best stacked (I have a chord symbol at the first beat also and a high note with ledger lines)? which is what I am doing before the first note.
The rehearsal letter actually says "A1,2,4" so takes up more horizontal space than normal.
I did not find anything in Behind Bars or any other book I have that would help.
Thanks.

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 05 Feb 2018, 08:19
by OCTO
I try to imagine that situation, I see the problem indeed.

Measure numbers, rehearsal letters and segno are all "signals", indeed. "segno" is even a formal, forcing-signal.
When using a Rehearsal Letter, the Measure Number disappears, it is because RH is on the higher hierarchy than MN.
I believe that "segno" has the same power over the RH. Why not to omit RH completely? If there is just one "segno", there is absolutely no need to have RH.
If there are multiple "segno"s (as it would be in case in a never-ending-viennese-valse), than "segno after A2" is the right mutual coordination for musicians.

We professional musicians are more flexible than in theory, and clutter on the page is more distracting than anything else.

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 05 Feb 2018, 22:32
by arco
Yes that would normally be something to consider, thanks. However alongside the Rehearsal letters is the word "Chorus" because there is (the missing) A3 - Chorus elsewhere (in the relative minor key).
Assuming I go with stacking, which should be on top, Segno or Rehearsal? As I have it, Segno is, because then I can put the Rehearsal below with Chorus or whatever. (There is also a tempo indication etc.)

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 06 Feb 2018, 08:27
by OCTO
I am now having difficulty to project everything you say. Can you upload a screenshot?

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 05:11
by arco
Something like this.
Segno RH.png
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Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 05:15
by Schonbergian
From a musical point of view, the segno would have more immediate importance to me and I would place it below the rehearsal mark (or closer to the staff, in other words)

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 22 Feb 2018, 15:56
by OCTO
I would here definitely omit RH.

Re: Rehearsal letter and Segno

Posted: 01 Mar 2018, 05:14
by arco
Thanks for your suggestions! I will swap them around vertically for now. I had not thought of deleting RH, although it gives a visual indication of form but that would work. Thanks, very helpful.