Hi David, I’m not saying it’s universal. It seems a general understanding in the UK brass band world, but I’ve come across the idea elsewhere. My childhood brass teacher initially taught it to me (he was a composition PhD, fwiw..). I know of no authority for it. My example was pathological and should obviously be specified without risk of misinterpretation.
I would feel safe writing p < > in any situation and expect it to swell to mp and not mf or ff. Steve P. > On 23 Mar 2015, at 21:52, David H. Bailey <dhbaile...@comcast.net> wrote: > > > > On 3/23/2015 5:38 PM, Steve Parker wrote: >> I don’t agree that hairpins and cresc. are always interchangable. >> In some styles of music a hairpin will take you up or down by one dynamic >> marking, >> whereas ‘cresc.’ or ‘dim.’ can be used to move smoothly from any mark to any >> other. >> This allows distinctions that get messy if the two are collated, for example >> pp < ff when what you require is pp < p crescendo, then immediately f. >> > [snip] > > I've never heard or been taught that use of the hairpin where it only > takes you up a single dynamic level if there's nothing indicated. What > styles of music make such use of hairpins? Can you point to some > authority which supports that? > > I've always been taught and found that if a composer wants a hairpin to > go up to a specific dynamic then it's wisest for that composer to > indicate specifically what is wanted. > > So if the composer wants pp<p then that's what needs to be printed. > Otherwise the hairpin is as open to individual interpretation as much as > cresc. or dim. is. Merely giving pp< with no indication is as likely to > yield an mp or an mf or even an f if nothing is indicated. > > > -- > David H. Bailey > dhbai...@davidbaileymusicstudio.com > http://www.davidbaileymusicstudio.com > > > _______________________________________________ > Finale mailing list > Finale@shsu.edu > https://lists.shsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/finale > > To unsubscribe from finale send a message to: > finale-unsubscr...@shsu.edu _______________________________________________ Finale mailing list Finale@shsu.edu https://lists.shsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/finale To unsubscribe from finale send a message to: finale-unsubscr...@shsu.edu