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#2315496 - 08/14/14 01:41 PM horizontal brackets for metrical synchronicity
Michael Sayers Offline
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Registered: 02/15/13
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Hi Everyone,

Sometimes it is inconvenient to present music on an accurate metric basis on the page. Maybe someone here knows if the use of horizontal brackets to accomplish this in piano music as in the examples below is a standard accepted practice. There is limited variety to this application of horizontal brackets yet the last example is apart from the others.

Ex. 1


Ex. 2


Ex.3


Ex. 4


Ex. 5


Ex. 6


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#2315507 - 08/14/14 02:11 PM Re: horizontal brackets for metrical synchronicity [Re: Michael Sayers]
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I've never seen this kind of notation before. If you use it, make sure to explain it somewhere in the score (or in a preface, especially if you use several unusual notations).

That said, a score usually contains quite a number of horizontal or near-horizontal lines already, so maybe a horizontal bracket would not be your best bet.

I'd suggest having a look at the scores of Harrison Birtwistle. He usually uses a forked arrow to indicate a phrase beginning somewhere in between the two arrowheads, or brackets with arrows for phrases to be played independently of the main tempo. His publisher, Boosey&Hawkes has a digital library where you can look at some scores: http://www.boosey.com/cr/perusals/browse.asp
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#2315537 - 08/14/14 03:43 PM Re: horizontal brackets for metrical synchronicity [Re: mrenaud]
Michael Sayers Offline
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Registered: 02/15/13
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Loc: Stockholms län, Sverige
Originally Posted By: mrenaud
I've never seen this kind of notation before. If you use it, make sure to explain it somewhere in the score (or in a preface, especially if you use several unusual notations).

That said, a score usually contains quite a number of horizontal or near-horizontal lines already, so maybe a horizontal bracket would not be your best bet.

I'd suggest having a look at the scores of Harrison Birtwistle. He usually uses a forked arrow to indicate a phrase beginning somewhere in between the two arrowheads, or brackets with arrows for phrases to be played independently of the main tempo. His publisher, Boosey&Hawkes has a digital library where you can look at some scores: http://www.boosey.com/cr/perusals/browse.asp
It's free but requires a registration.

Thanks for all the advice! I'll have a look at Harrison Birtwistle's scores. In these examples the voices aren't independent of the other lines in tempo - the function of the brackets is to show that they are synchronous in tempo. As in example no. 6, a quarter note "A" starts on the same beat as half notes above and below it in pitch. In that type of scenario I would hate to have a third staff just on account of one tone, this would look very strange scored for solo piano no matter how it is done.

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#2315803 - 08/15/14 05:25 AM Re: horizontal brackets for metrical synchronicity [Re: Michael Sayers]
Michael Sayers Offline
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Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 1942
Loc: Stockholms län, Sverige
I'll be back with some examples entered into Finale which will be more legible and engineered for better focus on the specific issues.

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