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Title: Courtesy Mute Indications For Strings
Post by: RJB54 on April 07, 2019, 07:42:58 AM
I known this was discussed at one point in the past but I don't remember what the resolution was and I can't find the thread at the moment.

When applying a 'Con sord.' or 'Senza sord.' indicator does one put the appropriate indicator at the first muted/unmuted note AND an indicator immediately after the last unmuted/muted note as a courtesy indicator (warning)?

Also, can one indicator serve both purposes if there is not much time between? For example, bar 20 is unmuted and bar 22 is muted. Would placing a single 'Con sord.' indicator in bar 20 or 21 suffice? Or would it be appropriate to have a courtesy 'Con sord.' in bar 20 or 21 and then the actual 'Con sord.' in bar 22?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Courtesy Mute Indications For Strings
Post by: Michel.R.E on April 07, 2019, 09:59:54 AM
generally, con sord. and senza sordino (or "no mute" or "remove mute", depending on which language you use) can be placed once, at the points that are affected.

I tend to use "via sordino" for "remove mute" and place it at the end of a muted passage. this is a SLIGHTLY different indication since it says when to remove the mute, rather than how to play (with or without a mute).

I'd avoid the use of "courtesy" markings for this. If you simply write "ord." (short for "ordinario", or ordinary in english) then simply write it where the new passage without mute starts. Same goes for "senza sord.".
Title: Re: Courtesy Mute Indications For Strings
Post by: RJB54 on April 07, 2019, 03:58:06 PM
OK, thanks.