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Jul
26
comment Why isn't there a key signature with F flat?
I would just like to add that in my experience, A flat minor (parallel of C flat major) is quite common in the classical literature. Apart from that, +1; well put & complete answer.
Jul
20
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
Ah, the musician's worst enemy: the editor. Good point. Indeed, only C Major requires it, because otherwise you wouldn't see the key change. Thank you.
Jul
20
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
"Naturals will only be used (...) to "reset" to C major." This is only partially true. Modulating to any key which has fewer [insert sought term here in plural] requires naturals at the key.
Jul
19
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
@user7290 That doesn't hold up in pieces in, for example, C sharp major, which has a B sharp and an E sharp. Neither of those is a black key, yet there is a corresponding sharp at the start of the line. Also, this is a very piano-centred term. For instrumentalists who don't play the piano, harpsichord, organ or similar keyboard instruments, this is a useless naming convention.
Jul
19
comment How to play the tremolos in Mussorgsky's Con mortuis
Is the problem here that you a) don't understand the notation or b) can't play it technically or c) something else?
Jul
15
comment What does the staff notation half-moon symbol on top of the last note indicate?
Which seems quite improbable after comparing the ending and beginning of the two.
Jul
15
comment What does the staff notation half-moon symbol on top of the last note indicate?
The coloratura in this Haydn sonata is somewhat similar, so I thought it might be a different version, since these coloraturas were often improvised. I should have noted the opus number, Haydn's opus 27 is (as far as I can tell) a piano trio.
Jul
11
comment What does the staff notation half-moon symbol on top of the last note indicate?
Is the music in the photo by any chance from a Haydn piano sonata?
Jul
10
comment Where to upload (keyboard) transcriptions?
I didn't know imslp also hosted non-classical music. Could somebody link to an example? Unable to find it on the site.
Jul
7
comment What to choose? Violin or piano?
@SomeDudeOnTheInterwebs Every skill is, it only depends on how far you want to develop it.
May
12
comment Should chords in Bach's solo violin pieces be arpeggiated if not marked as such?
I know a baroque violin teacher, specialising in Bach, who explicitly told me chords in Bach's solo violin works are meant to be arpeggiated. Disclaimer: I am not a violinist.
May
7
comment Is it too late to learn music theory and composition?
@user20273 Specifically on fugues: m.hooning.myahk.nl/analyse/fuga/fuga-tekst-en-red.pdf (Dutch link, English PDF). I should mention substantial theoretical knowledge and solid sight-reading are prerequisites, but it is very much worth it. For me, it was a real eye-opener when I read it.
May
7
comment Is it too late to learn music theory and composition?
The book is not quite old compared to the music the OP is talking about, namely Baroque counterpoint. This is one of the advantages of studying classical music: your resources don't get outdated very easily.
May
7
comment Dissonances and harmony
This last paragraph. Listen a lot to music you don't understand (play it, if you can!) and it will become more and more clear what is going on and why.
May
7
comment How do you write a corresponding bassline for an already written melody?
1st species? Could you elaborate on that? Also, what does "re" in your second sentence mean? Which "rules" are you referring to? How does this answer the question?
May
7
comment Where is the manuscript of Escenas Romanticas by Granados?
@BobBroadley While one would think the publisher must have had access to the manuscript, in this case this assumption was wrong. Apparently, the manuscript has been lost (see the last edit of my question).
May
7
comment Where is the manuscript of Escenas Romanticas by Granados?
To answer the question in the last sentence: because he definitely had no access to the manuscript. Boileau emailed back, I'll edit it into the question (since I can't answer anymore).
Apr
20
comment Where is the manuscript of Escenas Romanticas by Granados?
@BobBroadley Of course, the publisher must have had access to the manuscript! Thank you. It also is an interesting suggestion to ask on MusicFans.SE, though I am looking for the manuscript in the capacity of a pianist, not of a fan.
Apr
4
comment Did baroque composers expect you to “bring out” the voices in their pieces, the way today's critics seem to enjoy in players?
@Josiah Only basso continuo wasn't written out, generally. Other parts always were. (And mostly a basso continuo isn't just on his own, save recitatives.) And as for the filler part: I know someone who can improvise fugues, so in Baroque, when classical improvisation was more common so - I hope - more developed, people were quite capable of improvising inner voices
Apr
4
comment What interval do all the modes have in common?
Welcome to music.SE! I noticed both your questions here have only one tag and I find it hard to establish the right context. I assume you want information on improvisation in some non-classical style, but tagging a bit more extensively will not only help me (and other users) understand your question, it will also help you get your question in front of a bigger audience (and hence be more likely to get answered).