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Jun
25
answered Is real organ music playable with digital piano?
Jun
25
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
+1 because this is the likely root cause. The fact that the double bass comes from a long line of instruments that were already tuned in fourths is true but misleading; if that family had never existed and the violin family had included a native bass instrument, it would have had exactly the same fingering problems, and I believe that it would have had to implement the same solution, i.e. different tuning.
Jun
25
comment What conventions are used with accidentals and tied notes?
If the second note is not augmented, then you can't have a tie at all, since it doesn't connect equal pitches. (However, if you use a slur for phrasing or legato, which looks similar and can be confused with a tie, then you should definitely include a complementary cancellation sign.)
Jun
19
answered What does this crossed-note notation mean?
Jun
12
comment Are whole notes/rests really used to signify variable lengths of time?
Well, yes. Absolutely. Look at any relevant music score - for instance. the beginning of Beethoven's 8th. The first page is crawling with whole rests that are actually 3/4 rests.
Jun
12
comment Are whole notes/rests really used to signify variable lengths of time?
The note, no. The rest, yes. (If I were allowed to speculate why, it's probably to do with the fact that people are more willing to spend a bit of effort getting the detailed notation right for something that sounds than for something that doesn't.)
Jun
11
comment Is there a rest symbol that means “rest until the end of this measure”?
Leaving bars entirely blank to signify "all rests" is becoming more accepted even in printed scores nowadays.
Jun
11
answered How to help students remember Half vs. Whole rests
Jun
10
answered Does the rule regarding consecutive octaves/fifths actually hold any weight?
Jun
9
comment How should I notate repeated dotted eighth notes?
If I had to play that rhythm in any kind of band or orchestra, I'd curse under my breath (and perhaps out loud) at anyone who notated it any other way than the second line (you might perhaps lose the beams altogether). In practice, quick readability trumps faithfulness to the nominal meter every time.
Jun
7
answered How important is the 4th finger fingering in Chopin's Butterfly Etude
Jun
4
comment In Piano, what cases do you really need to press 1th, 3rd, 5th, and 8th keys together at once?
This is like asking, "I've seen so many double consonants used, but writing only one is much easier - which one is correct?"
Jun
2
comment How to play Haydn Variation trills
The 6 means the same it always does: "These notes must be shortened so that there are 6 of them to one beat rather than 4."
Jun
1
comment Penciling in piano fingering
Gerald Moore tells in his autobiography how Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's scores would be totally crammed with notes, remarks etc., often more then one to a note, and usually about nuances he couldn't possibly have distinguished.
May
22
comment Singing the words to one song along with the music for another - what is this called?
When done intentionally, this is a parody, and is a very well-established practice. A lot of J.S. Bach's church cantatas are parodies of secular works or vice versa. Sometimes he would even order a new different text specifically so that it could be exchanged for that of a successful work whose music he wanted to re-use.
May
17
answered Is there music available for a c1780 square piano with 5 octaves F to F
Apr
25
comment Why do so many symphonic works that are named “minor” end “major”?
By the way: one of Brahms's intermezzi is the only work I know offhand that ends in (e flat) minor after having begun out in e flat major.
Apr
18
comment Ritardando, Rallentando, and Allargando
"Ritardare" is like reining in a horse. The animal wants to go stampeding off, and you actively prevent it. "Rallentare" is simply any slowing down - even a rolling ball will slow down over time, but there is no willpower and no conflict involved. That may or may not be helpful in deciding how you interpret one of these "slow down" indications.
Mar
31
revised Are tonal (sharp, flat and natural) key signatures octave specific?
fix spelling