Aaron Bittel Posted August 20, 2022 Share Posted August 20, 2022 (edited) In another discussion, I expressed pretty strong surprise that Adrian Brown's book of Renaissance polyphonic arrangements for anglo, A Garden of Dainty Delights, puts only the melody line in staff notation, while all of the accompaniment is written (along with the melody) in Coover-system tablature. I was surprised mostly because I suppose that the cohort of concertina players who would be interested in, and capable of, tackling Renaissance polyphony on concertina would overlap pretty heavily with those who know how to read staff notation and know where the notes are on their instruments; whereas folks who only read tablature for anglo would be relatively less likely to attempt this kind of music in the first place. So even though my own use case would be playing on a 40-button anglo, staff notation would be equally accessible on 30-, 34-, 39-, and 50-button anglos, as well as, hypothetically, any duet system.* Well, I realize that unfortunately I don't (yet) have the data to back this assertion up, however intuitive it might be to me. To atone for my sins, I am putting the question out to you all: if you play any kind of polyphonic music any kind of concertina, what kind of notation system, if any, makes the most sense for you? This isn't specific to Renaissance music, or broader "classical" music -- it could include anything with more than one musical part happening simultaneously, where those parts would normally be written out somehow. - Aaron * I would assume grand staff notation, with a staff for each hand or each voice, totally falls down for English system players. But maybe I'm wrong about that? Edited August 20, 2022 by Aaron Bittel corrected a couple poll options and fixed some wording Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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