On 17 December 2010 23:09, James Lowe <address@hidden
I am not a vocal specialist but just using this one simplistic example of C seems erroneous. Isn't the idea of the notes printed at the same moment to show that they need to be sung at the same moment if you see what I mean? Yes I am sure that a vocalist can make their own mind up, but if that is the reasoning then it doesn't matter what we use then does it and you can provide instruction accordingly.
I've only seen this notation in piano music (I guess Phil's Mikado
example is part of the piano reduction accompanying the voices),
whereby the melodic line is kept separate from the accompaniment.
Attached is another example from the Mikuli edition of Chopin's
Impromptu in G flat major.