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Examples of jokes by Mozart

I’m reading a book about Mozart and the author mentioned that Mozart liked to laugh and be happy. Hence, he used to joke a lot. Three kinds of jokes are mentioned: Those that everybody would ...
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Dotted quarter rest vs. eighth note rest + quarter rest

Is it ever appropriate to use a dotted quarter rest vs. an eighth note rest along with a quarter rest?
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Song Cycle Texts, all at the beginning or placed individually before each song?

Following the recommendation that the text for a song be provided separately as part of the front matter of a vocal composition, what is the best way to handle the texts for a song cycle if each text ...
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What do these symbols mean?

This is part of Hasse's "Mea Tormenta, Properate". I think the one on the second staff is some sort of repeat sign, from the research I've been able to do, but I have no idea what the one on the ...
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What's the “normal” opposite of flautando?

I'm writing a piece in which I need string instruments to switch regularly between flautando and normal timbre. How do I denote this? Basically, I need a word which means "normal" with regard to where ...
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Should I focus on the notes of the song and less on the rhythmic notation when learning a new song?

Curious about the best ways to practice songs written for piano, i pay too much attention to the written rhythmic pattern and then I get frustrated since the rhythmic value written is not what my ...
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How accurate can sheet music to the original composer be, if it has constant rearrangements? [closed]

For example, say I am learning how to play Cole Porter songs on piano (let's misbehave;de-lovely;etc) yet I come across other versions of the song, some have a higher level of difficulty and I feel if ...
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How to create nested tuplets in MuseScore

When I created nested tuplets in Musescore, there was always a connected line between notes that I couldn't delete. How can I do to remove them. (Redundant lines are underlined in red in the detached ...
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Localization in scores

Is there some way to make localization (translate to other languages) an easier task when digitally making scores? Currently, I have two options: write a page before the score with all the ...
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Name for ensemble of the same instrument

When arranging music, is there a commonly accepted or easy to understand name for an ensemble (be it a trio, duet, quartet, etc.) which contains all of the same instrument? For example, how could you ...
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Adding a Time Signature to a composition

I've been writing my own music a lot lately, but one thing really has me stuck and that's writing the time signature. I know that time signatures are based on the amount and duration of the notes ...
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Notating a melody over a free-flowing arpeggio

I'm very new to composing and notating, and sheet music has never been my forte (no pun intended). I've already composed a piece and I'm now trying to notate it. What I want is two voices - in the ...
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What are some strategies to compose a rather simple melody?

I'm pressing some keys on the piano but I can't seem to get any ideas for creating a simple melody? Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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Is rap / hip-hop music composed the same way like rock and pop music?

I'm wondering if rap/hip-hop music is composed of using a musical instrument like a piano and writing down notes on sheet music?
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How to simplify a midi file similar to the same limitations of a player piano

Please bear with me because I'm very new with working with music. I've been searching for a really long time and reading the manuals of various software I've download and have not been able to figure ...
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What is the meaning of the word ‘gracile’?

I am currently in the process of learning a piece that my piano teacher composed. As a bit of homework, in addition to deciphering the first page of music, he asked me to find out the meaning of the ...
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How to write separate instructions for piano hands

Apologies for the very newbie question (I’ve never had any real lessons): On a piano grand staff, how do you (as the composer) properly annotate that one hand should play differently than the other? ...
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How to write sheet music without having pitch reference?

As someone who doesn't have perfect pitch, I always need to have an instrument around to write sheet music for a song. If I know the key already I can figure out melodies but not more complicated ...
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In a music scale why C ? why not D♭♭ or B♯? [duplicate]

Theoretical speaking how can I tell the correct scale name between these three scales? B♯ ==> C <== D♭♭ ?
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Composition and instrumental voices

Can anybody explain to me if modern music follows a similar composition style to four part harmony. What I'm asking is just like in 4-Part Harmony where the bass voice gets the "low-range" or "bass" ...
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Writing music on the staff in 5th position

My assignment is to write an arrangement of a song in 5th position(from guitar) on the staff. I picked a song and I've written the notes out on paper, it's in common time, on the treble clef, but i ...
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Where can I find a composition teacher?

I live in Southwestern California just some 100 miles away from the Arizona border and have played piano since I was 8 years old. I'm 16 now and have been self-taught since age 14. I want to take my ...
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Note groupings and readability in unusual time signatures

Some of the music i'm trying to write seem only to fit in to some of these very obscure time signatures simply to be able to fit the right number of notes in rather than them being used because they ...
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How to make a dal capo/segno include repeats?

I'm currently writing on musescore, and I have a problem getting the desired playback using dal segno: the second time through, repeat signs are ignored. According to this link, inner repeats in a ...
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music sheet with more then 1 Ledger line?

Im just learning sheet music and don't understand the multiple Ledger lines, not sure if i should be asking this here but i can't be the only one that's not sure about it. http://sebastianwolff.info/...
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How to write partitures for an orchesta

I know a single musician would read from a partiture in real time and that is no problem, the partiture has its silences and tempo. I am more a lyric musician but I like composing music because I ...
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Free software to create a score from scratch

What open source softwares are available for creating a music score? I have Logic X but I don't think it's geared well for that kind of thing.
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How to indicate left hand for piano sheet music

The Chopin - Godowsky Revolutionary Etude No 12 is arranged for the left hand only, and we're only informed about this by a note under the title. Please see the excerpt below: I am currently writing ...
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Over/under pitch note

I know there is a quarter tone notation, but is there a symbol for music score that will simply say over/under pitch? I think quarter tone notation might be too strict/rigid in music arrangement that ...
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How to write music using standard notation / Finding key

I would like to ask a typical question from amateur musician. Most of amateur musicians understand tablature notation and often even some music theory, I personally can read notes but not in all keys (...
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What does an arranger do?

When you see the "arranged by" attribution on a score, what did the arranger (typically) do?