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Doubling the third of a root position major chord in four-part harmony

In a manual for four-part harmony that I am reading, it is suggested to avoid doubling the 3rd of a root position major chord, as it sounds harsh. On a minor root position chord however, it is ...
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How to write lyrics over multiple notes

When one wants to write a piece in which a 1 syllable word is split between multiple notes, how is this shown? Or a multiple syllable word over the same number of notes? A visual representation/...
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Time signatures and verse

Recently I challenged myself to set a piece of religious text to music for SATB. However, I encountered timing issues caused by irregular numbers of syllables in verses, and when to break off phrases. ...
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Can voice overlap in different phrases?

Is it possible for voices in one phrase to overlap with voices in another in SATB chorale style? Ex. Alto sings middle C in one phrase and in the next phrase Tenor sings D. This would be overlapping ...
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What do these measures mean at the beginning of this choral piece?

The piece is Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen, and it was composed in the 1600s by Michael Praetorius. This score is edited.
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How should I write a SATB piece in Musescore with respect to its voice soundfont?

I'm currently writing a vocal piece for a high school SATB chorus in Musescore. Throughout the composition process, I've been using the Musescore playback, which presents all voice syllables in a ...
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SATB - how to balance the parts?

I have been wondering how to determine the optimal balance of voices in SATB music. I have found quite a bit of material on how to arrange the parts but less on the numbers. The arrangement issues ...