Marking Transitions in Vocal Music

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    Robert Dietrich

    Hello Kathleen:

    As a follow-up to my previous question, at M25, where the duet section begins, do I need to put identifiers in the vocal line (du.) and music line (wordsign-du. or wordsign-duet), or is the change in music heading (where the duet section is identified) adequate to signal a change in the vocals?


    Also, where the choir enters in M32, do I need to do similar identifiers in the vocal and music lines, because in this case, the vocals are different?

    Thank you for your help,


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    Hi Robert,

    If you are Brailling two vocal lines, or the voices change in any way, you need to identify them, as you've done here. I say better air on the side of being perfectly clear with which part is singing what than hoping the reader will understand.

    Quick note about the music heading - use the dropped G parentheses instead of the UEB parentheses. (Section 1.3)

    Also, you do not need to enclose the text in word-sign indicators when you're treating it as a music heading. If you're putting "a bit quicker" in the music line, you'll need the indicators, but not when it's centered as a heading. Add a period after it, even though none appears in print, if you keep it as a centered heading.

    Hope this helps!


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