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Computer scientist playing bassoon, musically at home in baroque music


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comment When did the appearance of the quarter rest in music change from its original appearance?
@Barbara53: You are welcome, actually the currency here on stack exchange is upvoting and accepting ;)
Sep
5
comment File formats for sheet music
While I agree, that MusicXML provides only a small contribution (the main focus being score typesetting), the headline as well as the first enumeration point justify mentioning it.
Sep
4
comment When tuning a guitar, why is it only in tune for a moment?
Just for one aspect: the frequency changes not only with length of the string (even this is the most visible factor), but also with the tension. Tuning a guitar string will not change the length, but only the tension. I don't assume your are interested in the formula?
Sep
4
comment File formats for sheet music
According to my few tries nothing is lost during import/export. The decisions like beam grouping and stem direction are all explicitly expressesed in XML, so while the importing program might produce slightly different output, everything [beyond the used "font"] was preserved.
Aug
11
comment Classical music vs March music relationship
I guess "O fortuna" refers to Orffs Carmina Burana, I have some doubts, that really the 4th symphony by Mozart is intended, more likely is 41 "Jupiter".
Aug
7
comment Double Sharps And Double Flats
@BobBroadley No problem with me. I guess part of the difficulty is, that accidentals are context-insensitive (they work irrespective from previous accidentals and actually it is mostly recommended to resolve them first before applying new ones), but the question is posed in a context-sensitive way.
Jul
29
comment Ukulele or some kind of flute
See the answers to this question: music.stackexchange.com/questions/4151/…
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
@BobBroadley: The number of keys increases with the price of the instrument, 23 to 26 total, from which upto 9 are indeed for the left thumb, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon#mediaviewer/….
Jul
20
comment Why are there transposing instruments that transpose by octave?
possible duplicate of Why transpose at the octave?
Jul
8
comment How do I approximate instruments when arranging an orchestral piece for brass ensemble
I would suggest to replace "Isolde" by "voice (soprano)". You need a distinguished tone color for that to stand out from the others, possibly the sopraon cornet warned against in other answers?
Jul
7
comment More volume from a Bass Clarinet
I helped out as bassoonist in a large wind ensemble, which had all these tubas, trombones etc. I was astonished that I could nearly not hear myself playing (which never happened in a standard orchestra), but nevertheless got some nice remarks from co-musicians later, how I added to the complete sound. So I guess it is partially a psychological problem. One instrument can't replace a whole bass group and the conductor will probably not succeed to reduce the volume of all saxophones, clarinets and trumpets to really achieve a sort of balance in this case.
Jul
2
comment What is this notation?
possible duplicate of How to interpret half notes combined with thirty-second stems?
Jun
4
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
Sorry for faulty translation of German note names. Whereever I wrote "b" it should read "b flat".
Jun
4
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
@BraddSzonye: Actually I have no reference, but helped out in a brass band. They play a sounding B which would correspond to a notated C (if I'm getting that right). I had a hard time at my first attempt to make my A matching their B.
Jun
3
comment Why is A4 the standard pitch reference for tuning?
Some remarks: While the "a" is somewhat fixed, the octave is not. A violoncello will use the "a" of a deeper octave. Brass bands use "b" instead, since this is the base tone for many of the instruments.
May
15
comment Will a 61-key keyboard severely restrict my piano repertoire?
I would not trade. If (trans-)portability is not an issue I would recommned to keep your piano, whose keyboard you are used to and simply substitute the sounds on the computer.
Apr
2
comment Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
Sorry to disagree. The C clef on the second line (called tenor clef) is heavily used - for higher passages of the cello (never seen an alto clef there) as well as for higher bassoon passages. If you don't prefer to revise your answer yourself I will make an attempt.
Apr
1
comment Can I play pipe organ as a pianist?
Keep attention, if the instrument is an ancient one: if the lowest octave is only partially present, it may have compressed layout, so (semi-)tones are missing and the remaining are crammed to the existing keys - good luck.
Feb
11
comment Playing recorder with bandaged finger
If the problem is air tightness for the covered hole: there are finger protectors (like a cut of finger of a rubber glove), which may help. The missing feeling is hard to compensate however.
Jan
28
comment Why does a clarinet behaves like a closed pipe?
What I‘m trying to say is: 1) cylindrical or conical does not decide alone - see flute (where everything but the head is cylindrical). 2) The construction of the mouth-piece - however closed it looks to the eye also does not cut it - saxophone and clarinet are quite similar in that respect. So simple recipes like taking that bore and that mouth-piece will give that tube behavior still seems ambitious to me, even if one can learn it for existing instruments easily.