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Re: Following voices in chords?

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: Following voices in chords?
Date: Fri, 7 May 2010 15:55:13 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Fri, May 07, 2010 at 04:29:42PM +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
> Well, looks like a fair piece of work.  And if one invests all this
> work... I guess it would be nicer if one could write <c\glissando
> e\glissando g\glissando> <d e f> and notes got matched one by one.  And
> possibly let <c e g>\glissando be the same as that spelled-out first
> chord.
> anybody with a hunch why this would be a bad idea
> and/or terribly complicated to implement and/or leading to a lot of
> unpredictable behavior?

How would this work for chords with a different number of notes?
  <c\glissando g\glissando> <d e f>
wanting to match up c-d and g-f ?  I admit that I don't know
off-hand if anybody would ever want to do this, nor what the
musical interpretation would be... I could imagine it possibly
happening with divisi string music, but that would be better
written as separate voices anyway.

Then again, contemporary music tends to do lots of weird stuff, so
I wouldn't want to bet that nobody would ever want to indicate
such a connection between two chords.  Or, at the very least,
something like:
  <c\glissando g\glissando> <d e f>
but wanting to match up c-e and g-f  (i.e. the "d" is the
non-gliss note, instead of the "e")

- Graham

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