Ask An Expert: Music We are currently working on a Standard of Excellence book for an E flat alto Saxophone book; there are four complete pieces that are 90 to 100% in-accord listed as a band arrangement. We are transcribing them as separate pieces each as Saxophone 1 and Saxophone 2. Our question is about the Nuances. In most measures they are above the top note as in example B, but there are a couple of instances where they are under the bottom note as in ex. A. Then as in ex. C they are above and below the shared note. This also is true for the slurs and ties. Our question is: should the Nuances, ties, and slurs be placed with both pieces, or only with the note that it is above for that part and below for the extracted part?
Fortunately this editor has been more consistent than many are.
Your decision to braille separate parts is the wise one.
In general, all dynamics, slurs and nuances apply to both parts. You may notice that when both notes are on one stem only one nuance mark is shown, but when there are two stems, the nuance is marked for each stem. There are occasional places where the parts have different articulations (measure 28 in Example A, for instance), even when the notes are on common stems. Such occurrences will be fairly rare.
I hope this helps. Let me know if other questions arise.