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Re: [Gnu-music-discuss] Re: Tie issues...

From: Christian Mondrup
Subject: Re: [Gnu-music-discuss] Re: Tie issues...
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 09:39:29 +0200

Peter Chubb wrote:
> >>>>> "Werner" == Werner Icking <address@hidden> writes:
> >> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 12:06:01 -0400
> >> From: David Raleigh Arnold <address@hidden>
> >> Bach used a flat sign, not a natural, to change a fis to f. Do you want
> >> to go back to that?
> Bach didn't use this as far as I know (as Werner points out) but
> earlier authors did until around 1650 in Italy, later elsewhere.
> (before that the natural sign was used only for B-natural, and
> accidentals were always relative -- a d# would be a semitone above the
> last notated d, whether that was a d-flat or a d-natural)
> Werner> The greatest mistake in this context is IMHO that some readers
> Werner> seem to believe that accidentals within a bar do not belong
> Werner> only to the note they preceed but to all octaves. So editors
> Werner> revoke accidentals never written. Again Bach's handwriting
> Werner> shows that this problem is solved by Bach depending on the
> Werner> context.
> In music written since the early 19th century this is in fact the case ---
> an accidental applies to all subsequent notes of the same name on the
> same stave whatever the octave until the next bar line.

the rule applies to notes within the same measure rather than the same
staff. This is an important difference.

> In the 20th
> century, some composers prefer to notate all possibly ambiguous
> accidentals (e.g., see Berg's piano Sonata Op 1. -- he also adds the
> accidental on the second of a tied pair after a barline)
> Peter C
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