Piano notation

• Apr 15, 2019 - 00:47


Ok you piano players, how do you notate the second 6/4 measure here:

serenade measure.PNG

This is the last measure of the third system on page 4 of the PDF in the linked score. My initial inclination is to make the first dotted half only a half note, but an experienced piano play may have a better idea.

I'll reject any idea that says to change the duration of the measure since it'll mess up the bass and the other two instruments.


The more I look at it, the more I think the second dotted half note has a flaw rather than a dot. That would put the first F in voice 2 with the stem flipped to avoid invisible rests. This seems to be the case looking at the PDF.

In reply to by mike320

It looks like either the composer/transcriber/whatever forgot to be explicit with the initial rest on the second voice which would demand the second dotted half to be, as has been said, not dotted. Or, as an interpretation for performance, one can look at the C in the second voice as if it were slightly of the previous tied chord to be executed like a slow downward arpeggio and slightly earlier than as it looks, and in turn the dots on both of the C's would be considered less so in error, but that doesn't answer the question as to how it was actually notated.

If you wanted to be sly and try to copy this visually as it is with its weirdness, you could use a staccato mark, disable its play option, and then reconfigure its positioning. Sounds absurd, but it would visually work without doing anything weird with timing of voices and hidden rests, et cetera. With this approach, there's an "extra rest" in the first voice. You could take that initial rest for the C after implementing the faux dot and reposition it to be where the score has a rest. Again, sounds absurd and seems like someone's foolin' around, but here's a recreation following the idea:

Whacky Measure 2.png

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