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Re: Split stem for different pitches on same staff level

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Re: Split stem for different pitches on same staff level
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 12:17:32 -0400

On Sunday 29 June 2003 05:18 am, P Scott Horne wrote:
> In the key of D-flat major, I wrote
>       <d,16 bes'> <a' aes> <d, bes'>
> and got for the middle chord two noteheads side by side, preceded by
> a natural sign with a flat sign superimposed.
> Aside the obvious error (presumably a bug) of superimposing
> accidentals, this notation is incorrect.  Standard practice

Almost, maybe.  Schott has used this |\ instead of /\ that.
To me it looks better than the Y.  Gardner Read in inventing
this notation did not consider that there might be many other
notes in the chord, but the engravers at Schott did.

A zero tuplet bracket is a far better idea.  It really adheres
better to music engraving tradition, which did not use tools
which draw lines at angles other than vertically or horizontally
from a point.  Other angles were ruled between points, but
protractors weren't used AFAIK.

A zero tuplet bracket also can be used whether or not separate
voices are being noted, to clarify passages where chords sprawl
horizontally because of seconds, unisons, dotted notes and accidentals. 

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