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Re: Transposing Keyless Brass Parts

From: Jay Anderson
Subject: Re: Transposing Keyless Brass Parts
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:59:10 -0700

On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 2:48 PM, Glassmenagerie <address@hidden> wrote:
Here are a few measures of the 1st trumpet part in F of the 3rd dance of the
Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Op46.  The Bb trumpet player would need to transpose
up 7 intervals on the fly.  There is no key signature.  Quite a challenge
for amateur players.  The concert key starts out in Ab, changes to C at mm.
66, then back to Ab at mm. 110.  I'd like the best way to arrive at the
correct notes and key signature for the Bb trumpet.

The docs are always a good starting point: 

Without looking at your example there are a few ways:

1) Write out the notes you want (Frescobaldi can transpose the notes in the source).
2) Use /transpose to move the notes to what you want the players to read.
3) Use /transposition f in conjunction with some auto-transposition libraries:

I would suggest not using a key signature in either the original or the transposed version for a trumpet part, but if you really want that you could use tags (or the fancy edition engraver that's all the rage these days:


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