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comment Why are the black keys on some ancient fortepianos now white on modern pianos?
Side note: the Bösendorfer Imperial is famous for having more than the standard 88 kezs in the bass register, and the additional ones are all-black, so as not to interfere with the pianist's peripheral orientation. These are the only instruments I know of with mixed-color natural keys.
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comment Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3
Yes, it's definitely intended to be played with two keys to one finger - usually this is done for the thumb only. It isn't really all that hard to play, it just goes against every habit a good pianist is supposed to cultivate (hitting keys exactly in the right spot is just as important as exact intonation on a string instrument).
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revised “crescendo” vs hair pin
fix wall of text
Feb
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Feb
3
revised Is this a tie or a slur or something else?
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Feb
3
reviewed Approve Is this a tie or a slur or something else?
Feb
3
comment What is this cross staff tied/slurred note supposed to be?
I have played this piece, and the chord must definitely be e-a-c sharp-d sharp. So the fact that there isn't a natural accidental in front of the e is simply an editor's error.
Feb
3
answered Is this a tie or a slur or something else?
Jan
25
revised Perfecting accents in Chopin's Impromptu
fix spelling
Jan
24
answered Perfecting accents in Chopin's Impromptu
Jan
7
comment Need help figuring out the key of this melody
This is not in any single key, since you're using too many contradictory alterated notes. A tune that contains b, d and d sharp cannot be played in any of the diatonic keys.
Jan
4
comment Typeset whole note as full measure in 6/8 time in Lilypond
Sure, you can just say c1*6/8 to get a note that looks like a whole note but sounds for 6/8. But I agree that simply correcting the score is the better option.
Dec
22
comment slur options in sheet music
Composers rarely use dashed slurs to express their intent (they're a pain to write and make you look indecisive). If you find a dashed slur in a printed score, it's almost always either an alternate-lyrics caution or a caution to signify "added by the editor" (editor's additions are usually set in italics, but slurs can't be italicized, so you dash them instead).
Dec
20
comment accidentals in measure
That may be the rule in theory, but in practice any musician would curse you loudly if you published a bar like this. Contradictory notes within one bar are so unusual and so disruptive that every practitioner expects a cautionary 'natural' mark for the non-affected note, and this is virtually always done (just like for non-altered notes in the next measure).
Dec
16
comment Do the notes of a chord form parallel octaves, even when they are not played simultaneously?
These aren't parallel octaves, because your voices don't make simultaneous steps separated by an octave (the bass moves to e flat before the alto does). There are, however, parallel ninths.
Dec
16
answered use Lilypond to transpose pattern around circle of fifths
Dec
14
comment How to transcribe a score without a rigid tempo?
Tempo fluctuation has nothing whatsoever to do with being "a capella". That simply means "without accompaniment".
Dec
11
comment notating a cappella liturgy music
It's quite possible that there is no consistent time signature in your liturgy. Notating something as 3/4 or 4/4 is useful for pieces that continually repeat the same accent pattern, but that definitely doesn't apply to all music.
Nov
19
comment Piano - Hand position when playing “double octaves”
Almost no one can play this. Even hands that comfortably span 11 keys could not press the 3rd and 9th key simultaneously with 1 and 11, because human hands are rather asymmetrical. This is a bad piano reduction by someone clueless.
Nov
16
revised Where can I find machine-readable music scores?
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