Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical by Kurt Stone

By Kurt Stone

During this entire and definitive survey of present notation tactics, Kurt Stone has introduced order to a box usually fraught with confusion and idiosyncrasy. He not just describes and recommends new equipment for notating sleek song, thereby setting up commonplace tactics for the current and destiny, yet integrates them with conventional practices nonetheless in use. the result's a consultant to all kinds of notation utilized in severe track today.
Stone is unquestionably one of many world's best gurus on modern track notation and its difficulties. As head of the Index of recent Musical Notation, he gathered and classified the myriad new units showing in released track of this century. In collaboration with specialist performers and conductors, he evaluated those units so that it will ensure their effectiveness in useful program. on the overseas convention on New tune Notation 1974, a consensus was once sought from the 80 partaking musicians from eighteen diverse nations. the implications were integrated into this quantity within the clearest and so much direct means. conventional notation is given certain remedy, constituting, because it does, the root for plenty of of the cutting edge units. The ebook is geared up to facilitate the positioning of particular info and for simple reference. A minutely designated index is equipped as an extra and crucial device.

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VOCAL MUSIC In vocal music, all numeral s and brackets should be placed above the notes so as not to interfere with the text . but slurs a nd ties must be in their nonnal positions: . 3 . -3~ An excepti on to this rule should be made in cases of very wide, slurred intervals. _ For general information concerning irregular note divisions, see page 26 ff and Duration and Rhythm, Irregular Note Divisions, page 129 ff. 10. SLURS AND TIES ON GRACE NOTES See separate entry, Grace Notes (page 2 If), where it is recommended that the customary small slurs from the grace note(s) to the main note be omitted and Ihat full-size slurs begin at the grace note(s) rather than at the main note .

0 or two staff-lines , fairly far apart, to show the upper and lo wer pitch limits: the Polish poblisher's symbol for tremolo . t ... is ~ , 3" 5" 8" ;2 As is clear from the examples. the staff-lines are marked with the pitches they epresent (unles s the composer prefe rs to leave the choice to the performers). Since such clu sters usually appe ar in rather free music in whi ch everyone pla ys rom the score , the que sti on of how 10 transcribe them for indi vidual parts rarel y rises . And since the number of player s in such music often varie s from perfornance to performance, it would be inco nsistent with the style of the mu sic 10 be ery specific.

MICROTONE NUMERALS A microtonal pitch other Ihan a quarter tone should. be notated with small numerals, with arrows at the top or bott om to show the direction of the microtone from the written pitch : 1= one-third tone higher than the written pitch; 2. GRADUALLY CHANGING PIT CIIES Slow pitch inflections ~)==r t = one-sixth tone lower than the written pitch; etc . The numerals should be placed above rather than in front of the notes . If double or triple stops occur, such as in string instruments, one numeral applies to both or all three notes .

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