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by David Ward
05 Jul 2020, 08:37
Forum: News
Topic: Logging in to the forum?
Replies: 2
Views: 12

Logging in to the forum?

Is anyone else experiencing this minor, but slightly disconcerting oddity? For a while (a week, maybe more) every time I log in to this forum, after being logged out for a while, the first attempt fails, but the second always succeeds. This is specific to notat.io and doesn't happen with anything el...
by David Ward
14 Jun 2020, 15:32
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Lost Notation 5
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: Lost Notation 5

What is your opinion (both of you, John and Anders, if either of you have read it) of William Kinderman's Beethoven's Diabelli Variations (Studies in Musical Genesis, Structure & Interpretation) ? I've not read it, but am wondering whether or not to buy it for further enlightenment. One of the effec...
by David Ward
14 Jun 2020, 12:59
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Lost Notation 5
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: Lost Notation 5

… … …Bearing in mind that Beethoven at first had a very low opinion of Diabelli's waltz, 'with its Schusterflecke' (shoemaker's smears), you may stumble on another interpretation of this enigmatic variation: that it's all about mock profundity.… … … FWIW and for the record the usual idiomatic Engli...
by David Ward
12 Jun 2020, 09:14
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Lost Notation 5
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: Lost Notation 5

Musically, I think we agree on the Diabelli Variations. Philosophically, I find ‘greatest’ too absolute. Now that I'm a tad oldish (79) I've come to feel (I'd been inclined to say ‘I've come to realize’, but that suggests the absolute) that life has no absolutes except death. Politically (maybe that...
by David Ward
11 Jun 2020, 16:10
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Lost Notation 5
Replies: 21
Views: 1180

Re: Lost Notation 5

… … …The whole range of human emotion is traversed in those Diabelli Variations, maybe the greatest work for the piano. That is certainly the view of Alfred Brendel. I find the Diabelli Variations endlessly fascinating and wonderful, but I find myself less and less inclined to the notion of competi...
by David Ward
07 Jun 2020, 15:40
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Note values in Schumann
Replies: 36
Views: 1365

Re: Note values in Schumann

Yes, I've just listened to Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber in that last song. The Breitkopf edition (which I have here) is immediately clear to me as a non-Pianist, so that I could read it in my head before confirming the reality via the recording. The original notation had me scratching that same...
by David Ward
06 Jun 2020, 20:50
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Note values in Schumann
Replies: 36
Views: 1365

Re: Note values in Schumann

Which sort of comes back to my original question as to whether or not it is appropriate for a contemporary composer to do this. I have not written a lot of piano music, but am contemplating at least one, maybe two song cycles for a husband and wife who are able to perform together on-line at present...
by David Ward
02 Jun 2020, 17:55
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Tantacrul Dorico video
Replies: 30
Views: 2478

Re: Tantacrul Dorico video

… … …Why some subject themselves to this kind of torture is beyond me. Because for this old (senile?) man learning new software might be an even greater torture. I'm not a music ‘engraver’ as such. I compose in manuscript and then prepare a fair copy in Finale from which I (or somebody) can prepare...
by David Ward
24 May 2020, 20:48
Forum: Notation Rules and Standards
Topic: Note values in Schumann
Replies: 36
Views: 1365

Note values in Schumann

This is from Schumann's Dichterliebe. I'm interested in the crotchets (quarters) in the right hand. It's clear what is meant, but would it be acceptable to notate it thus nowadays, or would one be advised to do it differently?
by David Ward
20 May 2020, 18:10
Forum: Digital Notation Tools
Topic: Dorico 3.5 released!
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Dorico 3.5 released!

If only I wasn't so old (79) I'd now give Dorico a very serious go, but I just feel it would be a distraction (to add to all the others of the time). I'm almost tempted to give up computer typesetting & return exclusively to the medium in which I'm most naturally fluent: manuscript… Best not, I supp...