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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.
Feb
20
comment Piano Accidentals and Key Signatures
Usually the chords suggested for accompanists contain exactly the same notes sounding in that bar, but even if they didn't, that would not influence the music on the staff at all. These "guitar chords" are supposed to be read by instrumentalists other than the one playing the music on the staves (e.g. rhythm guitar, harmonica etc.)
Feb
17
comment Lilypond staffs extend past end of music
The usual advice for this is \layout { \context { \Staff \RemoveEmptyStaves }}. Is that not what you want? And for breaks at non-bar-line point the usual trick is to insert an invisible bar line via \bar"".
Feb
17
comment How to play these overly extended intervals on piano?
In general, whenever the range of a chord exceeds your hand span, you're expected to play it via arpeggio even if there isn't a waved mark. Pianists have very different body measurements, and this convention makes it easier to notate things without worrying whether or not you are demanding the impossible. Towards the end of the romantic era, a lot of composers omitted the arpeggio mark even when writing monster chords that were obviously too wide for anybody to play, even Rachmaninow himself.
Feb
10
comment Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?
Because it's extremely useful to have instrument ranges standardized, so you don't have to specify "for German-keyboard piano" / "for French-keyboard piano" etc, but simply "for piano".
Jan
29
comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
@RockinCowboy "wrongly convincing". Asking whether something is "due to instinct" or "due to learning" implies that either one or the other is the case, but in fact almost certainly both mechanisms are operating. People are quite bad at understanding mixed-causality situations, which is why there are so many "false dichotomies". Arguments based on these are usually specious :)
Jan
28
comment Do we find music arranged according to Western Music Theory pleasing because of “biological instinct” or because of what we learn?
The alternative is specious. A huge part of what we transmit to our children culturally is also biologically constrained (but not determined). There are many different scales that peoples consider "natural", but only a tiny fraction of those that would be mathematically possible actually occur. Most of them would be hard-pressed to be accepted by any culture.
Jan
21
comment What's the term for speaking fast in a verse
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patter_song
Jan
21
comment Where to upload (keyboard) transcriptions?
The standard resource is imslp.org. Do you have a particular reason why you think they would not want your scores? There is no particular notability requirement - I've even uploaded myself and nobody objects.
Jan
6
comment How do you play a glissando with two notes?
With great difficulty! I dare anyone to practice this for some time and not sustain at least slight skin injuries. It's still a fun piece to play, though.
Dec
21
comment Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner
Didier Squiban - provided you accept his music as 'Jazz' at all.
Dec
19
comment Does the line between the time signature have a name?
How would one know? They're always printed centered so that there already is a line there anyway.
Dec
10
comment How does your brain learn to play the piano two-handed?
He he. Try learning drums, or the pipe organ - it's like this, only 50% harder. No worries, you will get there; it requires a lot of tedious practice that seems to achieve nothing, but actually does.
Nov
18
comment Is there a standard notation for piano fingering?
There's still 'sopra' or 'sotto', indicating how to position your hands relative to each other when they interfere with each other. Rarely necessary, but can be a bit of an eye-opener when used judiciously.
Nov
15
comment Why do I need to learn counterpoint if I know harmony?
This is a lot like asking "I want to learn Spanish, do I really need vowels? Aren't consonants enough to get by?"
Aug
9
comment What made Mozart unique as an improviser?
There is little information about that, since there are no recordings, and the few contemporary descriptions are hard to interpret in modern terms. For what it's worth, Wolfgang Hildesheimer assumes that KV397 is one of Mozart's improvisations, and that he would have improvised countless similar pieces, which happened not to get transcribed.
Aug
9
comment Does following “musical forms” suppress “creativity”?
Note that the "free fantasia" is itself a respected musical form - musicians of all ages have occasionally felt the need to break fundamental rules without starting a whole musical revolution about it. That's why such a paradoxical "catch-all" genre exists.
Jul
31
comment How do instruments with discrete tuning play chords alongside those with continuous tuning?
Almost all fixed-pitch instruments in the orchestra (harps, xylophones, piano) don't produce sustained notes, which makes the difference even less noticeable. The one exception is the rarely-used pipe organ, and you do in fact often hear discrepancies with a prominent organ part if you listen closely.
Jul
22
comment Suggested text material about Italian baroque composition
I misread your title as "I want to set texts to baroque music, which poems would be a good choice?" It might be better to say you seek literature about this variety of baroque style.
Apr
10
comment What is the name of the symbol like a combination of a mordent and f?
Also note that the trill should actually be on the third note of that bar, not the fourth.