5 parts •
8 pages •
4 months ago •
Strings, Voice, Other Woodwinds, Cello, Contrabass
Re-rendering of https://musescore.com/user/1831606/scores/1965386 with comprehensive phrasing in MS ver 3. Please visit that link for extensive information and observations about this exceptional “Chorale prelude movement” on “Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut” from Bach’s eponymous 1724 cantata BWV 113.
This rendering takes advantage of the newly usable “Piano Roll Editor”(PRE) in MS3 to effect careful control over the phrasings of all notes, particularly the string obbligato, as well as “misuse” (“gate time” redefinition) of extant articulation marks and modifying the default “gate time” of notes in that part (with rare exception) 10% longer — saving that, the string part sounds uselessly détaché everywhere. The tenuto mark is set to restore “100%” time (i.e., not 110%), and actually makes notes (usually the second notes of pairs) slightly shorter, not longer as might be expected. The portato (louré in MS3) is used as an applicator of 85% cutback (i.e., 15% removed). All these articulation marks are “invisible” and can be viewed (except the PRE-set, as it were, ones) with download and appropriate View setting. The alto cantus has its default "gate time" set to 96% (cantus firmus half notes require very fine/small cutbacks), which is as good for separating repeated notes as for all others; we can do this because of the architecture of this movement.
This score was prepared (from that previous one) in the brand-new MuseScore 3 Beta, and audible and visible to you by the amazingly fast efforts of Dmitry Popov and his staff (you don't need to have MS3 to play this).
MuseScore 3 finally fixes the Piano Roll Editor into a usable and powerful facility, with which it is easy and fun to craft and hear the phrasings (on-times, lengths/cutbacks) of individual notes). Thus, you will hear very detailed phrasings on all parts in this score, especially the strings. Instead of the "one size fits all" phrasings of my "portato abuse" technique, one can phrase different notes differently -- 80%, 85%, 90%, 96%, or 98.6% (three places of significance) cutbacks, and you will hear this even in the opening measures. The added musical value and beauty is significant.
MuseScore 3 is still "beta", has bugs, and crashes more than it ought, but not enough to shadow this amazing boon, "the greatest advance in music since Equal Temperament", I jest --- play it!
6 parts •
6 pages •
7 months ago •
Flute, Violin, Voice(2), Cello, Contrabass
Posting this for the annotated harmony, in meticulous "closed score". There is nothing to say about this tour-de-force of gut-wrenching, agonized harmony, the last word in the classic "lamento bass". While this is based upon the opening chorus of the Cantata BWV 12, "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", Bach has upped the harmonic and dramatic ante considerably for the B Minor Mass.
3 parts •
5 pages •
7 months ago •
Oboe, Voice, Cello
A beautiful aria from BWV 144 "Nimm, was dein ist", for soprano, oboe d'amore, and continuo (the latter a first-class example of the "JSB walking bass" genre). There are no figures in the BGA, so I did not supply a continuo "realization". Note the outrageous "resolution" of a 6-4-2 in m. 32. There are hidden 85% portati implementing the phrasing.