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Postby Hector Pascal » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:46 am

Hi all,

I have a choir score and at a certain bar, sopranos divide into layer 1 & 2 (on one staff).

Both layers are a melisma, so should I slur BOTH layers (one slur over and one slur under)? Or just the upper layer?

Slurring both layers makes sense musically, but I wonder if notationally it is overcrowding things? Is there a rule? I have not yet checked Gould chapter, but will do so.

Thanks for any advice!
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Postby zuill » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:51 am

Same stem, same slur. Different stem, different slurs. That's my basic criterion. Can't say for Gould. I look at examples from literature and different publishers to get advice.

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Postby Anders Hedelin » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:08 am

Gould says the same as Zuill - pp. 117-118.
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Postby MikeHalloran » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:57 pm

Anders Hedelin wrote:Gould says the same as Zuill - pp. 117-118.
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Re: Slur in vocal music

Postby OCTO » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:35 pm

Hector Pascal wrote:Hi all,

I have a choir score and at a certain bar, sopranos divide into layer 1 & 2 (on one staff).

Both layers are a melisma, so should I slur BOTH layers (one slur over and one slur under)? Or just the upper layer?

Slurring both layers makes sense musically, but I wonder if notationally it is overcrowding things? Is there a rule? I have not yet checked Gould chapter, but will do so.

Thanks for any advice!
Cheers,
Hector.


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