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Slurs within slurs

The outer/larger slur is a phrase marking, letting you know that the entire passage constitutes a single musical idea. The inner slurs are similar, but indicating smaller units. One could think of the ...
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How to write a slur to nothing in LilyPond?

The easiest way to achieve this is to insert empty chords with <> that catch the open slur or tie. The following code ... << \new Staff { << { f'1( <>) } \\ { \voiceThree e'...
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In the "Puff the magic dragon" piano sheet music is the slur being applied to both staves?

Phrase marks here rather than slurs. (How would you slur the first four notes?)Yes, in this case where the melody moves between the staves, the phrase applies to the whole melody. But you'd phrase ...
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What does this V-Shaped Slur denote?

It's an accent that applies to both notes. In the Peters edition (2007, ed. Leslie Howard), bars 748 and 752, a footnote makes this explicit: Liszt's special accent requires a stress on all the ...
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Should slurs encompass tied notes from before and/or after?

The top staves are "correct" for a slur, the bottom staves are correct for a phrasing slur. For music like violin music, this difference is more poignant than for piano since a slur has separate ...
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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

[Disclaimer: I'm going to give this a more thorough and serious answer than a short tune in a method book might warrant, since the same issues appear in larger pieces. I think what I'm about to say is ...
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What does this V-Shaped Slur denote?

Although not applicable to the piano piece in the question (the use of which is in the accepted answer), but to clarify for people that may see a similar mark used in student pieces, who may ...
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Slurs within slurs

Whilst they all look like slurs, they're not. Some are ties, which means they're making one long note out of two written. Bar 4, the E notes are as such. But, there's one phrase mark over bars 1 to 4, ...
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Are slurs on a score for piano as well?

Slurs are routinely used in piano scores. Sometimes they just represent phrasing, but they also represent legato playing. They clarify from other types of less legato articulation (e.g., staccato). ...
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Why include both "sempre legato" and slur marks?

Notice that the slurs go away in bar 3. That's the purpose of the sempre legato. It's saying "keep playing this as in the first two measures", rather than writing slurs through the entire ...
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How can I change slur from above to below notes when switching staff in Lilypond?

Control points can be overridden. The pairs here are x,y coordinates: \version "2.19.80" % ... r4 \once\override Slur.extra-offset = #'(0 . 6) \once\override Slur....
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What is the difference between two connected slurs and one big slur?

Two connected slurs like this are effectively equivalent to a single slur. This is bad notation practice, even though it's often seen. Update: it's a misprint. The first edition looks like this:
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Sustain Pedal connecting Slurs

Ultimately, this is a musical decision, so either way is fine. However,... If you want to play the music literally as written, then you would hold the pedal through, so that there's no break between ...
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How do I play what looks like a double legato?

The two slurs in the green rectangle show two different things. The slur from F to E is a legato slur that indicates how to phrase this bit, the other slur indicates that you continue with the bow ...
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Legato & Fermata notation on tied notes

The textbook Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice by Gardner Read answers your first question as follows: When slurs are placed over a passage that ends in a tied note, the slur sign should ...
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slur or tie to no note in Lillypond

Use \laissezVibrer instead of ~. Cf the notation manual.
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What does tying an acciaccatura to the principal note with a slur imply?

On many instruments, slurs indicate a particular technique. For wind instruments, it means to play without tonguing. For orchestral strings, it means to play in one bow motion. In these cases, it's ...
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What is the difference between two connected slurs and one big slur?

It might be a misprint, intended to be the same as on the system below. Is there any pattern in the rest of the page to support this? Otherwise, breaking the slur is meaningless. So it's one sort of ...
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In the "Puff the magic dragon" piano sheet music is the slur being applied to both staves?

The slurs in this case are serving as phrase markings; notice that they correspond to the punctuation of the lyrics. They also indicate legato playing, and they are intended to apply to both hands. In ...
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Slurs and Finger Substitution

The 4–1 in the Beethoven indicates that you begin playing that C with your fourth finger, but while playing the C you switch to the first finger. The switch is to help facilitate the upcoming leap to ...
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Unmatched pairs for LilyPond ties and slurs

Turns out Lilypond has a command to add tied notes that may be unmatched due to codas or repeat signs: If you follow the tied note that is other wise unable to be connected with the tie-initiator ...
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Slur and tie confusion

how do I move from the A in the first bar to the G in the second bar You don't. There is only 1 G note. Simply slur from A to G, and then hold the G for 3 beats. Why are there 2 G note heads? ...
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Beethoven's Tempest sonata: tie or slur?

Your best guide would actually be to listen to recordings & read the writings of acknowledged Beethoven specialists. That said, analysing the lines in the right hand provides some insight. If ...
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Lilypond acciaccatura slur position

To me, the easiest change is to include \once \override Slur #'direction = #DOWN immediately preceding the \acciaccatura. This produces: \version "2.19.82" line = \relative c'' { \key g \major \...
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How to write a slur to nothing in LilyPond?

A simple way to achieve this is to write a normal note that looks as if it's a rest, like this: b8 fis' b2.~ | b1\rest | (It's also possible to tweak almost every individual property of every object ...
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Sextuplet vs pair of triplets

The brass are playing a eighth note and two sixteenths on the last beat, leading into a change of texture: the brass take over the melodic line from the violins. The next measure is marked 'sehr ...
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