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Notating Spoken Words in choral pieces
« on: April 05, 2019, 07:28:55 AM »
If I write for SATB and want to have one of the singers say a line of words instead of sing it, how would I notate that? Also, how would I notate this but also have them say it in time with tempo and meter?


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Re: Notating Spoken Words in choral pieces
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 10:16:36 AM »
I'd put the instruction "Spoken" in the score and, if I really wanted it to be spoken in rhythm, then I'd notate it with notes with x noteheads. Otherwise, I would just fit the text below blank measures where I wanted it to go.
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Re: Notating Spoken Words in choral pieces
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 10:17:28 AM »
I know I'm adding this comment considerably after the fact, but in case someone has questions, I'm including two ways of notating spoken word.

in excerpt 1 the tempo is set and the words are spoken rhythmically.
in excerpt 2 the spoken words are without tempo, whispered ad lib (the effect is of a cloud of whispering).

in excerpt 1 I used a single staff, like a percussion staff, for the voice. the soprano's only interjections in that movement are spoken word.
in excerpt 2 I used a normal staff, because immediately preceding and following the spoken text, it returns to set rhythm and sing notes.

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