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#2082968 - 05/15/13 08:23 AM Musical term question -"mezzo" all alone
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What does the term "mezzo" mean all by itself? (In other words what does it intend one to do? I know what it literally means.) It's under a trilled dotted quarter note. It's in an 18th century piece apparently reproduced from the original published score. It's rather a bare score so I figure the "mezzo" may be important. Other notations are few and far between, just the occasional F and sF.
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#2082970 - 05/15/13 08:34 AM Re: Musical term question -"mezzo" all alone [Re: -Frycek]
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Hmm, never come across that written down but I would guess at mezzo-forte which is often thought as the default.

Although why we don't have mezzo on it's own is strange. Medium loud, medium soft, why not just plain medium?!
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#2082979 - 05/15/13 08:40 AM Re: Musical term question -"mezzo" all alone [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Hmm, never come across that written down but I would guess at mezzo-forte which is often thought as the default.

Although why we don't have mezzo on it's own is strange. Medium loud, medium soft, why not just plain medium?!


That sort of what I though but it comes a couple of measures into a similar sort of passage - where it should've logically been at the beginning. And then it's under that trilled note - - -
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#2082995 - 05/15/13 08:55 AM Re: Musical term question -"mezzo" all alone [Re: -Frycek]
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Perhaps short for mezza voce? I've never seen that before except to delineate that a mezzo-soprano should sing it. I would let the context of the music decide what is the best way to interpret it. Since it's under a trill, maybe they mean a medium trill, rather than a super fast one?

Also, you may see if anyone else has an edition of it to confirm what the notation is. What piece is it?
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#2083220 - 05/15/13 05:11 PM Re: Musical term question -"mezzo" all alone [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
Since it's under a trill, maybe they mean a medium trill, rather than a super fast one?

Also, you may see if anyone else has an edition of it to confirm what the notation is. What piece is it?


I also think it's probably in reference to the trill. There are a sprinkling of trills with so little room to do them they're only glorified turns.

The piece is a set of variations (8 pages worth) on God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman by Samuel Wesley, son of the hymn writer Charles Wesley. Samuel was a child prodigy, a Bach scholar before it was fashionable, and not quite right in the head. I doubt if there's another "edition" out there to compare it with.
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