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I'd guess you're trying to improve readability by reducing the use of ledger lines? below or above? The thing is, the piano is an instrument which is notable for it's range (on paper, a wider range of pitches than a standard orchestra). So pianists have to handle these a lot, and most will be used to reading off either end of the score (depending on their ...


Certainly not the first. The second is unobjectionable. But why not the third? It's the standard notation, and is just fine.


I'd go with the second or the third, depending on the clef that you need before and after this passage. The first one feels more uncomfortable that the others.


Yes, and yes. The beaming follows the old practice, and it merely obscures the beat. Already discussed in Beams in classical vocal music But there's something else going on here too. Look at 'gently' and 'boatman'. Does using an appoggiatura for an accented passing note add useful information? I think it does, both for the singer and for the musician ...


Your example was the standard notation for vocal parts up to about 1950. The beams indicate the notes sung to one syllable of the lyrics. You will find almost all "pre-computer-engraving" vocal scores written that way. The slurs in your example show exactly the same thing as the beaming, and were sometimes omitted, except over quarter notes or longer which ...

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