repeating accidentals early music style

• Feb 7, 2015 - 10:59

Composers roughly before Mozart would repeat accidentals when they reoccur in a bar. For instance JS Bach does this. This is a great help specially in long bars when a sharp comes back in the end of a bar. It woulod be very nice (as part of early music features) to have the option of repeating accidentals.
Accidentals should not be repeated when a note is repeated, even in a next bar!

I think it is very strange the original style of accidentals is quite seldom adopted by editors because it would avoid many mistakes. As a professional (baroque) musician I can tell you this is reality.

Of course I know you could add accidentals manually (or hide) but when you use a midi keyboard this is a lot more work and might cause mistakes of that one accidental forgotten...

In the attachment one line of prelude in c from the Clavierbüchlein vor WF Bach, clearly visible the repeating accidentals within the bar. Schermafbeelding 2015-02-07 om 11.57.01.png


Meanwhile, if it may be useful to you:
hold down Ctrl and select the notes;
double-click the accidental in the palette.

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