publishedabout 1 month ago
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Hello! I want to start by thanking everyone who has expressed their condolences on the passing of my father last week. As I announced this in the Community, I was fortunate to have been able to spend the last several weeks visiting him and my mother, and I was at his side when he died in the hospital.

Although I made an effort to continue "business as usual" during this time, I will be taking a break this week, at least from my usual live streams - the MuseScore Café and Music Master Class. I will still be checking in and posting to the Community. And our informal Sonata challenge is still ongoing, so I encourage anyone interested in learning more about writing in this time-honored form to join us!

Tip of the Week

MuseScore can do cross-staff notation:

cross-staff notation

To create this, enter the notes onto the top staff, then use Ctrl+Shift+Down (Cmd+Shift+Down on macOS) to move selected notes to the staff below. You can also do the reverse - enter notes onto the bottom staff and use Ctrl+Shift+Up or Cmd+Shift+Up to move them to the staff above. The staves do need to both belong to the same instrument.

In Theory

As I have related in the Community and in the Music Master Class, I'm actually taking a detour from writing a piece in sonata form (typically the first movement of a sonata or other larger work) to instead work on a second movement (slow, and not in sonata form), in remembrance of my father. I performed a "lead sheet" version of this at the funeral a couple of days ago, and am now working on completing the piano score. I'll be talking more about this piece in coming weeks, but I thought I'd take this opportunity to give an early preview.

Here is the main "A" theme of the movement in lead sheet form:

And here is how I am currently scoring this for piano:

See if you can work out for yourself any of the techniques I am using here!

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