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Re: How to write this note from chaconne?

From: Guy Stalnaker
Subject: Re: How to write this note from chaconne?
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2018 19:17:47 -0600


You've encountered an earlier engraving convention for how to show pitches that continue from a previous measure. If you look at more autograph and earlier published scores from the 17th and 18th centuries you'll find this. It is, essentially, what we today call a "tied" note. I'm sure you know how that looks. While you can attempt to discover a way to typeset this in Lilypond, perhaps the better course is to use modern convention unless you actually intend to use older conventions. But then, you'll likely need to include an Explanations page for people to explain this unfamiliar notation. I did a quick review of and sure enough the first score listed for BWV1004 shows this dot-as-tie (the Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 27 Breitkoph and Haertel from 1879) while the Neue Bach-Ausbgabe from 1958 shows the tied note.

Guy Stalnaker

On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 6:39 PM, Edmundo Carmona Antoranz <address@hidden> wrote:

You know the chaconne from BWV 1004, right? On the bar before last,
there's an apparent dot written at the position of the f at the
opening of the bar. I didn't know if it was a staccato mark or other
kind of expressive mark for the violin or a mistake but I also found
it on Anna Magdalena' Bach's manuscrit, not just Bach's. So I asked
around[1] and apparently it's a "harmonic delay" or a prolongation...
it's the first time ever I see something like that written on a part
(though I know the concept of the harmonic delay from the few classes
of harmony I did "back in the day"). So.... I looked around how to
write it on lilypond but i found nothing. What do you think is the
best way to achieve it?

Thanks in advance.


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