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Re: OT: Vocal music

From: mike
Subject: Re: OT: Vocal music
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 03:28:42 -0800
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On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:52:26 +0100 (CET), Werner LEMBERG wrote:
I'm working on a book of madrigals right now and some of it is
recorded.  The YouTube excerpt has affinities w/ mm. 21-30 of the
attached PDF & audio file (it's an excerpt from the 3rd madrigal in
the book, called "Lucky Wok (star!)").

Your sample sounds really amazing! However, the notation is extremely
complicated: I've listened five times to it, but I still wasn't able
to follow the score...

There's the rub...

Obviously, if I gave this score to 10 highly-skilled amateur chamber choirs and said "have at it," I would get 10 very different versions of the piece and probably none of them would resemble the recording (whether or not they'd be better is another question). However, if I put more vague indications like "freak out in the style of Mike Solomon," while this would probably get a better initial result (assuming the person took the time to research how I freak out), it would max out at a lower level of interesting nuance and unexpected concord.

If you listen to each voice solo-ed out with a click track, you'll see that the recording is pretty much a sonic carbon copy of the notation. The best way to learn the piece, then, is to learn it by ear as you read it on a beat-by-beat basis. After rehearsing it this way, the score the acts as a timeline with various landmarks to jog your muscle memory.

Any chance to make it more simple?  Obviously,
you know far too much about lilypond to produce such well looking
scores :-)

I <3 LilyPond (that's why I try to break it so often), and I shudder to think what putting this together would have been like with any other notation program.


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