I've written a piece of music, for string quartet plus triangle. But I'm having trouble expressing the last bar in the right way.
In the second half of the bar:
- The top three strings are to play a minim note, held for a bit longer than normal.
- In this time, the cello plays two crotchets, and both should be a bit longer than normal.
- Meanwhile, the triangle is to play a tremolo roll (slowing throughout), followed by a brief (quaver) rest, and then final crotchet note.
If it were just for the top three strings I'd use a fermata (pause) symbol "𝄐".
If it were just for the cello or triangle parts, I'd use a ritenuto text marking "riten." (or similar).
But when the parts are combined it is a bit confusing.
I could use an explicit tempo change i.e. "𝅘𝅥=42". But this would seem like a bit of overkill, and is too precise to be really what I intend. Also, it wouldn't indicate a continual slowing down, unless I used one for every note of the tremolo roll.
I could use a ritenuto marking for all instruments, but this don't really make much sense when placed over a single note (for the upper strings).
Using a fermata on both cello notes would seem wrong, and placing a fermata on the triangle part doesn't really make much sense.
I could use some combination of fermata for the strings, and ritenuto for the cello and triangle, (which is what I have at the moment) but this seems yuck; unnecessarily awkward and potentially confusing:
What is the best way that I can notate what I intend to be played, that is less clunky and garbled?