Playback for old school music writing

• Feb 23, 2024 - 23:56

I was wondering if this old school style of music writing is read the same as triplets for each of the eighth note with "eighth tremolo through stem" marking when the playback reads it.

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Brushing off the dust and cobwebs from my 50 year old music ed. degree, I don't recall ever seeing this referring to triplets. But it was long ago when we had to hand write everything. I seem to have a dim memory of it meaning 16th notes.

In reply to by bobjp

I've seen this many times and I'm even considering using it in a piece from Tchaikovsky I'm currently engraving. It's space saving and easier to read, at least for me. If you expand it, you just get endless series of notes. By the way, I'm not terrible interested in playback, a nice feature, but readability.

In Sweden, there is a saying, "You cannot see the forest because of all trees".

I've not yet found how this can be achieved in MuseScore.

In reply to by Ralts

Some things occur to me.

Sure, you can write things any way you want. But just because you see it in print doesn't make it correct or playable. An 8th note with a tremolo slash, and a 3 or three dots over it seems just nonsensical to me. Of course it costs less to print shorthand notation.
It is difficult for me to separate notation from playback. It seems to me that the purpose of notation is playback. Human or otherwise. Sure, humans can figure out notation that computers can't.

Things written out leave no doubt. Shorthand, not so much. As a composer, I want to leave as little doubt as possible. Even if it is just a line of notes.

In reply to by bobjp

But it does exist in older printed scores.
e.g. Eugène Damaré, L'Elégante (arr for Cornet) Carl fisher Edition 1913
It is correct notation, see Gould, page 219 (the dot should not made invisible).
if notated as explained by Underquark, playback in MS is correct.

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