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Re: Note for manual

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: Note for manual
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 21:05:39 -0800

On 21-Feb-06, at 6:46 AM, Steve D wrote:

On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 09:56:55PM -0700, Steve D wrote:
For LilyPond manual, 2.7 series, section 6.2.3, Transpose:
Consider a part written for violin (a C instrument). If this part is to be played on the A clarinet (for which an A is notated as a C, and which
sounds a minor third lower than notated), the following transposition
will produce the appropriate part
   \transpose a c ...

That little parenthetical note I suggested, "(for which an A is notated
as ...)" is way too wordy and is itself confusing; sorry. I was just
trying to avoid confusion for a manual reader who did not know that an A
clarinet is notated a third above the pitch the instrument actually

It's a trifle wordy, but I think that's ok in that spot. If somebody already knows how transposition works, they'll skim the paragraph and move on. If they aren't familiar with transposition, then a clear explanation is better, even if it's a bit wordy. Some readers may not be so comfortable with terms like "a minor third", and might prefer "... an A is notated as a C...". A few years ago, I would have much more preferred to see the A/C explanation.

- Graham

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