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Protip: Changing Time Signatures

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

Time signatures are a fundamental attribute of musical notation that indicate the meter in a piece of music. In general, when changing time signatures in an edited score, the score should follow the source. However, there are certain issues to keep in mind that depend on the type of music being edited.

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Protip: Changing Key Signatures

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

Starting in the late eighteenth century, it became more widespread for composers in the western canon to notate changes of key signature within a single piece or movement. When incorporating key signature changes into an edition for the Recent Researches series, make sure to keep three important features in mind: double barlines, cautionaries, and cancellation.

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Protip: Rhythmic Values of Notes and Rests

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

In general, all the rhythmic values in an A-R Recent Researches edition should be transcribed from their source in a 1:1 ratio. That said, it is almost always necessary to make some small graphical adjustments to both notes and rests from most sources. Here is a quick guide to A-R house style for the graphical presentation of notes and rests.

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Protip: Score Order in Renaissance Vocal Music

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

There are four principal factors in determining score order in Renaissance vocal music: modern choral score order, defined, in descending order, as soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (SATB); voice names employed by the original manuscript or print; clefs assigned to the original parts; and the vocal ranges of the parts. Because of the prevalence of modern choral score order, all editions should begin with this as the guiding editorial rule: voices are arranged in standard choral order from highest to lowest.

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Protip: Repeats

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM America/Chicago

By A-R's house editors

Composers and notators throughout history have employed a variety of notations to indicate repetitions of musical passages, from repeat barlines to first and second endings to more complicated verbal instructions like da capo al fine or dal segno al fine. Here are some tips for handling various types of repeat notation in A-R’s house style.

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