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Posted By : apollon - 4/5/2002 8:00 AM

could someone tell me if exists or not a handbook on music engraving (all standards) and (if yes) how to get it ? Thanks a lot !


Posted By : duser - 4/5/2002 9:53 AM
Two sources:

(1) The book

Teach Yourself the Art of Music Engraving and Printing

by Ted Ross, Miami Beach, Hansen Books, 1987. A little hard to find, if you can't get it from Amazon, you can order it from

(2) The website

Some info there you won't find anywhere else.

Posted By : TTBashore - 4/5/2002 1:27 PM
The Ross book is the industry standard but it contains a lot of information on plate engraving and other forms of non-computer engraving. "Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice" by Gardner Read is quite good too. It's about 500 pgs long and is very detailed in presenting modern notational problems. A useful quick reference guide is "Essential Dictionary of Music Notation" published by Alfred Publishing. While I don't think their samples look very good (I think they used Petrucci) the information is pretty accurate. "The G. Schirmer Manual of Style and Usage" is excellent if you can find a copy. I believe it is Schirmer's in-house style guide. I'm not sure it was ever released publicly but there are copies floating around the music engraving community.

Posted By : GT - 4/6/2002 10:35 AM
Also, The Norton Manual of Music Notation, by George Heussenstamm is a pretty decent reference. It was written with the hand copyist in mind but still provides a lot of good information that the computer engraver can use.



Posted By : apollon - 4/7/2002 1:26 AM
Thank you all very much ! very useful tips, indeed.


Posted By : GT - 4/7/2002 6:44 AM
On 4/5/2002 5:27:00 PM, Anonymous wrote:
>A useful
>quick reference guide is
>"Essential Dictionary of Music
>Notation" published by Alfred
>Publishing. While I don't
>think their samples look very
>good (I think they used
>Petrucci) the information is
>pretty accurate.

Just a quick editorial here; I once worked for a company that did music books for Alfred. I agree that the dictionary is a good little desk-top reference. (And yes, they use Petrucci for everything, God knows why.)

But based on copy that came back from the Alfred editors, those editors really had no idea what they were doing. Many of the "corrections" they made were in direct contradiction to things that were clearly stated in the Alfred dictionary!

(A different) Anon