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Re: MIDI instrument for oboe d'amore

From: Jacques Menu
Subject: Re: MIDI instrument for oboe d'amore
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 09:55:00 +0200

Unfortunately, \transposition can only be used when the notes are written in « instrument » pitch, not concert pitch. BTW, it could be better named as something like \transposingInstrument, it seems.

I started by writing the code to obtain the same score as the manuscript I’m using, where the first staff is written for a viola, hence my notes are in concert pitch.

Then I added \transpose to have it printed for an oboe d’amore.
But then I can no longer proof it by ear without changing the MIDI output too, which I don’t know how to do.

I’d prefer to keep the notes unchanged, in concert pitch, instead of modifying them - hence my post.


Le 30 avr. 2019 à 11:20, David Kastrup <address@hidden> a écrit :

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

Jacques Menu <address@hidden> writes:

Thanks Lukas and Aaron for your help.

In fact, my use case is merely to listen to the MIDI file from within
Frescobaldi, to ear-proof the score. I don’t have any MIDI equipment,
and organ sound is fine for that purpose.

I got the surprise that transposing a voice for the oboe d’amore in A,
in Lully’s « Dormez beaux yeux » for the needs of our oboes band, lead
to quite modern music being heard...

What would best suit my need is a way to counter-balance the effect of
\transpose in the \midi block. This way, one would get both the
printed score and the MIDI pitches alright, even for instruments
unknown to standard MIDI.

Can that be done?

That's what \transposition is for.  Look it up in the manual.

Note: as opposed to \transpose (completely different thing in both
semantics and syntax though looking rather similar).

David Kastrup

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