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Re: ottava signs

From: Malte Meyn
Subject: Re: ottava signs
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2019 10:15:41 +0200
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Am 02.10.19 um 08:45 schrieb Malte Meyn:

However, the reasoning in the SMuFL 1.3 specifications ("Implementation
notes") about "ma" vs. "mb" convinced me that 15mb does not make sense
and I’d suggest to use 15ma etc. as default setting.

Hm … Gould recommends 15ma and 22da (see above for 22ma vs. 22da) and lists 8va, 8ba, 8va bassa as alternatives but not 8vb. I’ll search for real-world engraved examples.

I went through my piano sheet music at home. Henle, Schott (new and old editions), Boosey & Hawkes, Edition Sikorski, Durand, Editio Musica Budapest, Edizioni Curci Milano, Universal Edition, Wiener Urtext Edition (by Schott/UE) and Peters (new and old editions) all use “8” without any “va”/“vb”/“ba”/“va bassa” additions.

The only “8va” (superscript va) I could find is in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue published by Alfred—and that edition uses “8” without va too.

Combining these findings with those by John Ruggero ( I’d vote for numbers only as a default. I’ll make another patch set.

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