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Re: Articulation mark & slur placement

From: Ralph Palmer
Subject: Re: Articulation mark & slur placement
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 15:03:06 -0500

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 11:19 AM Mark Stephen Mrotek <> wrote:

Not sure how Gould became the be all and end all of music engraving.
My position is readability. .


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Seifert []
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 7:31 AM
To: Mark Stephen Mrotek <>
Subject: Re: Articulation mark & slur placement

        Well, if we’re doing everything the way Elaine Gould wants us to, then:

        - articulation should go generally go next to the notehead, not next to the stem; but 
        - the marcato mark usually goes above the staff, regardless of stem direction.  (Note: not directly above the stemm, but above the staff).

Elaine Gould is usually pretty precise and is an excellent reference, I think. So is "Music Notation", by Read. Different approaches, and different subject matter, but both are good.

Neither speaks to the fact that Bela Bartok, at least for violin, distinguished between a staccato mark outside the slur and a staccato mark inside the slur.

Be well,


Ralph Palmer
Brattleboro, VT
(he, him, his)

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