Not sure how Gould became the be all and end all of music engraving.
My position is readability. .
From: Michael Seifert [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 7:31 AM
To: Mark Stephen Mrotek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.