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Re: Note direction under curves in one-part music

From: Arie Fokkens
Subject: Re: Note direction under curves in one-part music
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 18:02:21 +0000 (UTC)
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Basil Crow <lists <at>> writes:

> Hi all,
> If I put a slur on a D and E, the slur will go beneath the notes and 
> look nice. If I put it on an A and B, the B will have the stem down in 
> one-part music, and the slur will be awkwardly placed between a stem-up 
> and stem-down note. But if the B is flipped so that its stem faces up, 
> the slur can go beneath the two notes just like with the D and E.
> As far as I know it is a standard typesetting convention to examine 
> slurred phrases (well, not just slurred phrases, but for this example), 
> and if their notes have mixed stem directions, to change them to have 
> the same stem direction (leaving the majority intact and forcing the 
> rest to conform).
> Han-Wen has mentioned to me privately that this could be done as a 
> sponsored feature for 130 euro (incl VAT and/or transfer fees). Is 
> anyone else interested in this feature who would be willing to sponsor 
> it with me?
> Thanks,
> Basil


Not really. If a stem can be tweaked up or down maually,
I would consider this to be a fact. 
But ther is also another thing, and I do not know if
this is taken into account, middle-line stem follows
principle line of direction.
Upward: stem up, downward, stem down.
Middle-line note is topnote: stem down,
eg bottom note, stem up. 

Arie Fokkens

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