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What staff affected by a dynamic mark?

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If I see in piano sheet music, say, "mp" mark between bass and treble staves, which staff should be played in "mp" dynamics?

Reverse question: if I want to apply a dynamic mark to a specified staff, how to notate this?

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On piano music, with treble and bass clefs, if the dynamics mark is between them, it refers to both parts (hands). If it's for the treble, it's found above the treble, and if for bass alone, it's found under the bass.

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In scores for greater ensembles as well as for instrument groups (say 2 bassoons and contrabassoon notated in the same score) the dynamic is typically written below the voice it belongs to.


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What staff affected by a dynamic mark?

up vote 14 down vote

If I see in piano sheet music, say, "mp" mark between bass and treble staves, which staff should be played in "mp" dynamics?

Reverse question: if I want to apply a dynamic mark to a specified staff, how to notate this?


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On piano music, with treble and bass clefs, if the dynamics mark is between them, it refers to both parts (hands). If it's for the treble, it's found above the treble, and if for bass alone, it's found under the bass.

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@PatMuchmore: I would expect a dynamic marking above the upper clef in cases where the upper clef itself contained two parts that were intended to be treated differently even if played with one hand. If, for example, the right ringfinger and pinky might have alternating sixteenth notes played pianissimo while other right-hand fingers joined the left hand in playing a main melody mezzo-forte, putting the dynamic for the "frilly" part above the staff would seem clearer than writing it below but somehow excluding certain notes from its effects. - supercat Jan 15 at 19:25

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