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Dec
7
comment General questions about piano sheet music notation
I disagree with the relativity to the 4/4 signature. I was told it has a historical basis: in early music, most pieces had an x/1 signature. Over time (we are talking centuries here) it became x/4, but the names of the notes didn't evolve along.
Dec
7
comment General questions about piano sheet music notation
Good answer, though one omission and one error (sorry it sounds rude). The D is not necessarily the central note, as two sharps means D major or b minor. Now the error: on a piano, legato has nothing to do with pressing gently and softening the attack. Every now and then it reads ff at the beginning of a giant slur, and Beethoven (for example) has the habit of placing sfs under slurs. On a piano one should release the first note shortly after one starts the second. This is often taught later on because it leads to 'gluey' play if not played well.
Dec
7
comment How to add verse-specific dynamic to sheet music
I have seen 'seconda volta' often enough.I'm not Italian but could read it. If I hadn't been able to read it I had consulted my invaluable book 'strange words in music', a book every musician should own (or an equivalent). I am sure I would have found it in there.
Dec
7
comment Tempo:Mendelssohn's Song without Words, op.53. No. 3
If the title of the YouTube video you linked to is right it is 'presto agitato', which means incredibly fast as if you are in a hurry, loosely translated. The melody is in the left hand and is relatively slow, so the musicality of the melody is not lost if you play it fast, playing the accompanying broken chords though is kind of boring if you play it slowly.
Dec
6
answered How much do we know about how ancient Greek and Roman music sounded?
Dec
6
comment How much do we know about how ancient Greek and Roman music sounded?
I talked about this a few days ago. We agreed they used hexachords and the modi, though not with absolute certainty.
Dec
6
comment Do instruments get out of tune when you place them near a radiator?
There is a subtlety I'd like to add: not the radiator but the difference in temperature is messing with your instrument. In a tropical country, most instruments are fine as well, but then they will suffer from a trip to Scandinavia.
Dec
4
comment Why is the aeolian mode the minor scale?
@Dom: It's the other way around: the major scale (Ionian) is a derivative of the other modes, by a late Renaissance banker called Glareanus.
Nov
6
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Nov
5
comment How to know whether a note is to be played with the left hand or the right hand?
@Tim It is to point out the A was creating a dissonant (major 7th) with the g sharp in the upper voice on purpose (or minor ninth with the lower g sharp). Composers often do this so it won't be changed by the editor in a misguided attempt to 'fix an error'.
Nov
4
comment Is this piece supposed to be played by one person?
All right, twice a thumb in a black key, but for people with relatively small hands (or for pieces with relatively wide intervals) that is quite acceptable.
Nov
4
comment Is this piece supposed to be played by one person?
I fail to see what is so 'awkward' about the fingering s for the arpeggiations of the guy from this tranquility video.
Nov
3
comment Is it possible to write a song without a key?
IIRC Bartok said "finally, free from the chains of major and minor" (that is a translation of a translation).
Nov
3
comment How to determine the pitch of the auxiliary note in an ornament
AFAIK, you may choose yourself. It's either that, or I have been doing it right instinctively since I arrived at repertoire with mordents, as my teacher never objected.
Jun
2
comment Are minor sevenths allowed in baroque counterpoint?
Good point. Thank you!
Jun
2
comment Are minor sevenths allowed in baroque counterpoint?
I want to add (while I think Bach was a great composer) he wasn't considered such a great composer in his time. IIRC, he was discovered about a hundred years later. So I don't know if he's such a good reference for what is allowed in the baroque.
Jun
2
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Jun
2
reviewed Excellent Should the soloist watch the conductor?
Jun
2
answered Why are orchestras tuned differently?
Jun
2
comment Raised leading tones in Phrygian mode counterpoint
@Tim: exactly, an augmented second (that's from google translate). That is practically the same as a minor third, and you wouldn't want thirds in your scale. Especially not in the 15th century.