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Re: Pitch notation

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: Pitch notation
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 18:22:34 +0100

On 24 Feb 2007, at 17:30, Carrick Patterson wrote:

Can't you just turn "relative" off and notate with apostrophes and commas to
accomplish exactly what you want?

No (or I don't think so).

There is really a mixture of ideas. The relative notation should be there in order to simplify input. There, I tend to think about the melody line in a local region, rather than just related to the note before. In tonal music, this note may often be the tonic then, but if the melody crosses below it, one may need to shift region without indices, simply because it is tiresome to writ them. So that is the thinking about relative pitches.

The other is just to use a numbering 0-9 to label the octaves (with 4 being the middle one), used for indicating absolute pitches. This is just a more modern system of the older that LilyPond. It is not new, though: I have a book from 1975 using it, Robert Dick, "The other flute". But thinking on it over some time, I start to think it is quite convenient: just one symbol to indicate the octave. Then, if such numbering should be used, it should not conflict with writing chords and the like, therefore the prefix notation. I have extracted this latter idea from some ideas I have on notating more general scales and chords, where such notational conflicts also must be avoided.

  Hans Aberg

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