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| Posted 1/15/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -5) |
|Elision is much rarer in English than in languages such as Italian. I'm just trying to think if I have ever seen it in a score. |
The tendency for English vowels to be pronounced as dipthongs reduces the incidence of 'vowel-on-vowel' elision. There's a big "W" at the end of "So" that acts as a consonant, dividing the two vowels. "So Wa-fraid". (Depends where you're from, of course!)
Native English speakers tend to be quite poor at 'Italian' vowel elision, often just singing two vowels to halved note values.
Contraction is much more common than elision in English: e.g. "As bitt'r as any gall". "Bless'd is the man", "S'wonderful", etc, and is obviously shown with the apostrophe. In fact, vowel elision is often shown as a contraction: Scorn'd the submissive act, and felt th' o'erwhelming tide!
Though now I think about it, I've sung lots of ropey hymns whose meter doesn't fit the music properly: e.g. "Ever flows their thirst twa-ssuage". But the elision is usually unmarked.
I guess if you want the elision, then the usual elision symbol, the slur, is the right thing to use.
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Post Edited (Wiggy) : 1/15/2010 6:24:08 AM (GMT-6)
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