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Re: Pedal cautionary after a line break (current status and improvements

From: Kieren MacMillan
Subject: Re: Pedal cautionary after a line break (current status and improvements)
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:32:46 -0400

Hi Paolo,

> I don't understand what you mean exactly, in the choral pieces.

A cappella choral pieces don’t include piano music, and therefore don’t include 
any piano pedal markings, and therefore don’t use or need the feature you’re 
describing — therefore, they are one of the [uncountable!] number of scores 
that are counterexamples to your claim that this feature is "an essential 
feature for any score".

> But be sure that for any keyboard piece, not having the cautionary pedal 
> makes the score unpresentable, and not only when there are multiple spanners.

I would estimate that I see cautionary markings in less than 50% of the 
[professional, published] scores in which the only pedal used is the sustain 
pedal. And of course, if no pedal brackets are used (e.g., if the piece simply 
states "Ped ad lib." or something similar), the feature you describe is again 

Summary: I’m pointing out that you are making sweeping generalizations that are 
easily disproven. The strength of your request/argument is likely not 
well-served by over-exaggeration. Simply state the [true and scope-limited] use 
case, and move on.


Kieren MacMillan, composer (he/him/his)
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