If a dotted half note precedes a quarter note of the same pitch, is the note held for the duration of the former or latter? Does the following quarter note supersede the dotted half in this case?

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That dotted half note is tracked to a different voice; it basically is like another melodic line played at the same time as the other voice (the way you can tell is if the stems of the noteheads point away from the center of the staff). The dotted half is played for the entire measure, whereas the other notes are all played in sequence starting at the same time that the dotted half does.

In the future, for questions like these, it is invaluable to post the time signature of the piece (which I assume to be 3/4).

  • Thank you! I'll make sure to include the time signature next time. You were correct in assuming that it was 3/4. – yoyowitch Dec 7 '18 at 4:37
  • @yoyowitch No problem. Glad to be of help. – user45266 Dec 7 '18 at 4:38
  • I miss however a quarter rest at the beginning of the bar for the middle voice, which continues with the two quarters of downward stem f (if a treble clef can be assumed). – guidot Dec 7 '18 at 7:54
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    It's poorly written, in that it's supposed to be 3(?) voices. However, it's not easy to show 3 voices when stem options allow 2. The 'middle voice' needs a rest at the beginning of the bar. Unless - it's not 3/4 but 6/4, in which case, it's even more badly written! – Tim Dec 7 '18 at 8:24
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    I strongly disagree that the example poorly notated. This sort of figure has been standard in the Western tradition for centuries. Certainly there alternative renderings which that convey the same meaning, but once understood, like anything in traditional Western music notation, the meaning is clear. – Dean Ransevycz Dec 7 '18 at 22:30

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