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Re: "dal segno" several times

From: Carlo Vanoni
Subject: Re: "dal segno" several times
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 08:44:40 +0100 (BST)

Thanks for the answers,

by the way, the song I told you about was just an example. It could be more complicated.
Another example.
Say I'm writing a modal composition, where the bass part is made of 4 "drones" of a single bar, each repeated 32 times. Something like:

firstDrone = { c4 d e f }
secondDrone = { d2 r2 }
thirdDrone = { c4 r c r }
fourthDrone = { c1 }
mainBassPart =
    \repeat volta 32 { \firstDrone \mark "x32" }
    \repeat volta 32 { \secondDrone \mark "x32" }
    \repeat volta 32 { \thirdDrone \mark "x32" }
    \repeat volta 32 { \fourthDrone \mark "x32" }

Now the song repeats 4 times all the mainBassPart (well, yeah, I surely suck at composing).
Unfolding the "repeat volta" as you suggested and put just the x4 main repeats will create a not-very-practical 128 measures sheet .
Having a "D.S. x4" (or what else can be used) will create a score that can be far more easy to read.

Il Martedì 13 Maggio 2014 2:19, Jim Long <address@hidden> ha scritto:
On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 05:53:33PM -0400, David Raleigh Arnold wrote:
> On Mon, 12 May 2014 12:56:27 -0700
> Jim Long <address@hidden> wrote:
> > On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 12:18:37PM +0100, Carlo Vanoni wrote:
> > >
> > > I have a simple song, where the verse is 4 measures repeated
> > > twice, and the chorus again 4 measures repeated twice.
> What would you do if you had seven verses? Or twenty?

I would still give the same advice:  Don't write

|: 4-bar verse  :|
|: 4-bar chorus :| "D.S. 7 times" (or 20)

but instead write:

|: 8-bar verse  |
|  8-bar chorus :| "play 7 times" (or 20)

The OP didn't mention lyrics, but sure, if there are some,
stack the stanzas up 7 or 20 deep under the melody staff.  Or
perhaps if there are that many stanzas, list them at the end
of the music, as per

Then the performer should see pretty clearly how many times to
play the verse-chorus pair.

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