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cGilmore
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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
So, I've been trying to expand what I know with Finale (I'm still using 2005) by trying to recreate "unconventional" engraving practices from examples I can find on the internet.  Below are 2 examples.  One of a Schenkerian analysis and the other is just a single page from a modern score. 
 
My question/comment is this:  with the score, I pretty much felt like I was using Finale like a drawing program.  This can't be right, is it?  I can't imagine making an entire score (multiple pages) the way I made this one - not that it was difficult to do (it didn't take much time at all), but it isn't very functional.  If a composer wanted to add a measure or anything to the like or make just about ANY edits to the music, it would greatly affect the out come.  I just couldn't figure out a way to format Finale to produce a score like this that was also functional. 
 
Or is this just the way to go about making a late 20th century - 21 century looking score?  In which case, form over function would reign supreme.
 
Thanks

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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

Oh, you can view the originals from these sites:

http://www.tunesmithmusic.com/engraving.htm#samples

and

http://www.dimusicengraving.com/

 

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   Posted 4/19/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
First of all, the Lutoslaw seems needlessly complex. I wouldn't like to read an entire score like that. I'm not sure how easy it would be to create something like that.

The Brahms and Schenker seems pretty simple if you use a few of the advanced tool options. I'm not sure if there's a "real" way to make a beam across the half notes. I'd just create a smart shape for it.

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   Posted 4/19/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Your examples look pretty good. I think that whether or not the score is "needlessly complex" is irrelevant. It is what it is, and looks the way it does.

Finale is designed around traditional music notation, so if you want to set Vivaldi or Mozart it generally won't let you down. The further you deviate from that the more you need to move from Finale's defaults and basic methods. Generally there will be more than one solution to any given problem, and experience will tell you which is most likely to be reliable, stable and so on. I have posted examples on here previously of scores far more complex than the ones you have chosen as examples, scores which are now in print. Finale has sometimes been difficult. Only on about 3 occasions have I had to revert to using Illustrator, and I suspect that in those cases 2007 will do what i needed.


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   Posted 4/20/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

BobEuph,

Yeah, the Brahms was real easy.  FYI.  The way I did the beaming across was to make those notes the 1st 3 eighth notes I would input in the measure, then fill out the rest of the note values after those 3 notes.  Then with the advanced tools palatte, I just changed the note heads, and with the note mover, positioned them where they went in the measure and adjusted the rest of the notes accordingly.

Peter West,

I hope this isn't too much to ask, but could you possibly repost or direct me to the posts where you attached your advanced score examples and maybe I could bounce some questions off you (and the forum) in trying to recreate something similar.  And it's cool that you mentioned Illustrator.  I've always wondered if engravers ever had to use actual graphics programs to create some unconventional scores.  Interesting.

Thanks. 


Post Edited (phat rat) : 4/20/2007 4:49:08 PM (GMT-5)

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   Posted 4/20/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
BopEuph said...
First of all, the Lutoslaw seems needlessly complex. I wouldn't like to read an entire score like that. I'm not sure how easy it would be to create something like that.

The Brahms and Schenker seems pretty simple if you use a few of the advanced tool options. I'm not sure if there's a "real" way to make a beam across the half notes. I'd just create a smart shape for it.

Nick


I guess it's a matter of taste. I found the Lutoslaw to be easier to follow than a traditional score. With all unused measures erased, it makes the music more accessible to the eye. Otherwise, it is standard symphony orchestra layout.

I suspect it might be quite difficult to prepare a score of that nature in Finale, but then, I haven't tried.


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   Posted 4/21/2007 12:47 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
ON the symphony score, why are some of the "blank" measures not erased. For example, the second measure on the flute and clarinet staves.


 
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   Posted 4/21/2007 4:19 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
phat rat said...
BobEuph,

Yeah, the Brahms was real easy. FYI. The way I did the beaming across was to make those notes the 1st 3 eighth notes I would input in the measure, then fill out the rest of the note values after those 3 notes. Then with the advanced tools palatte, I just changed the note heads, and with the note mover, positioned them where they went in the measure and adjusted the rest of the notes accordingly.


I'm an idiot. That's such an easy workaround for that one. Wow. I think I need rest.
:p
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   Posted 4/21/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
here is a page I've posted previously to demonstrate what can be done taking Finale images into Illustrator. This was done 10 years ago in Finale 97 and Illustrator v.4


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   Posted 4/21/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I wonder if Finale's "visual index" was done with Finale alone, or were there any "cheats".


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   Posted 4/26/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.

I'm slogging my way through reading to get caught up on the latest here on the forum, and am only up to a thread that narrowly missed ending with Doug's post on 4/21. I was fascinated by phat rat's scores and by Peter's 10-year-old Finale/Illustrator example.

In an effort to improve my Finale skills, I thought I might attempt to set John Stump's famous "Faerie Aire and Death Waltz: a Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich."

On the off chance that some unfortunate denizen of our forum may not have seen it yet, please have a look at http://www.well.com/user/bryan/waltz.html. Has anyone ever tried this on in Finale? I didn't want to actually do that until I had at least partially mastered some of the piece on the Macedonian tambura, but... well, never mind. Have a look at it and enjoy. devil

 


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   Posted 4/26/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Not only would that cause Finale to crash, I can imagine there might even be some smoke coming out of the back of the computer tower, not to mention blindness as a possible side effect.

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   Posted 4/27/2007 2:08 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Now we are at it:
Here is more from John Stump.

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   Posted 4/27/2007 2:16 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I don't see anything in either of the John stump scores that couldn't be done in Finale with a bit of tweaking in Illustrator. The setting is a bit cramped though, I think I'd be inclined to set them on 2 pages to give a bit of space and clarity to help the players.

I'd like to see the full score of one of these.

Nice engraving though.


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