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Sep
8
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
Good answer here Caleb - and this is how Beethoven often used the sforzando as well; often replacing the accent mark with an "sf" or an "sfz". In quick summation, a passage with repeated "sf" indicates a series of accented notes, not a global dynamic change.
Sep
8
comment Beethoven repeated sforzando
I'm not sure where you learned that Beethoven was meticulous. Quite the opposite really; his scores are hardly legible and were completely impractical to use. They had to be re-copied before they could even make the parts. You also say it is difficult to generalize, and then spend an entire paragraph generalizing about LVB's music. The effect you describe is most notable a the conclusion of a movement or piece where the composer is intent on creating a sense of finality.
Sep
8
comment Is there a general term for a single note or a chord?
Dom, your information is simply incorrect.
Sep
7
answered Playing with an mp3 player in performance
Sep
7
comment Playing with an mp3 player in performance
To clarify, this question is obviously concerning the practice of musical performance and the logistics concerned therein. I think other people could benefit from this question as this type of performance is becoming increasingly common. Perhaps a change to the title of the question would help.
Sep
7
comment Just intonation with Finale Human Playback?
Just to add: The retail version of Finale comes with the GPO sound libraries and offers in total 11 different tunings of equal temperament (from 380-445hz).
Sep
7
comment Is there a special name for “I - V - i” or “i - V - I” Modulation?
Just want to add here that it is important to note the difference between modulation and progression. If this is a tonal region with a distinct shift to another tonal region, then we can consider it a modulation. If it merely passes through the chords described above, it is a progression and therefore should be though of a modal mixture as opposed to a parallel modulation.
Sep
3
comment Definition of the note C
It's important to point out that a 12-note scale is only one type of scale. Other composers use 24 or 48-note scales, dividing the octave into many microtones. It is also important to remember that tuning systems have changed dramatically over the past few hundred years, and even vary by country today. Really, the frequency for a note encompasses a range of frequencies, and not any one particle single number. This question is similar to "why is the sky called Blue?"
Sep
3
comment Definition of the note C
I think you mean A = 440hz
Sep
2
comment Is there a way to notate alternative transitions between 2 sections of music?
Of the two ideas, the D.S. al Coda idea is better.
Sep
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
17
comment What is a multi-tonic system?
Nice Answer Pat - is there a particular text by Slonimsky/Schillinger you'd recommend?
Aug
7
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Aug
6
comment How to use choirs in epic music
There are no shortcuts. You have to actually learn how to write music.
Jul
22
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Jul
18
answered How to give a song this sense of “conclusion”?
Jul
17
comment Is circular breathing something an oboist needs?
Martin Schuring is a very good oboist and teacher. Just to extend his statement a little bit - oboists often have too much air, and often need to exhale before inhaling. Circular breathing is often learned under the guise as he describes in his paragraph. However, for oboe, it can help with air management and comfort - if an oboist can circular breath, they don't need to take such large breaths and are therefore much more comfortable playing.
Jul
17
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Jul
16
reviewed Delete Is there a minimum of notes and chords i need to determine the key of a song?
Jul
8
comment Does Mozart's music get played more slowly than that of his contemporaries?
Hello James47, it's a little unclear what you're asking here. Try rephrasing your question so that is is more clear and also make sure that what you're asking is measurable (it's very hard to measure exactly how often something gets played compared to something else; especially when we don't know if you mean present day or back then.