Slur in vocal music

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Slur in vocal music

Postby avicitiffany » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:39 am

Hi all,

I have a choir score and at a certain bar, sopranos divide into layer 1 & 2 (on one staff).

Both layers are a melisma, so should I slur BOTH layers (one slur over and one slur under)? Or just the upper layer?

Slurring both layers makes sense musically, but I wonder if notationally it is overcrowding things? Is there a rule? I have not yet checked Gould chapter, but will do so.

Thanks for any advice!

I didn't find the right solution from the internet.

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Re: Slur in vocal music

Postby orabora » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:56 pm

Upper layer. Plus you are right about 'overcrowding' or as we say it in our recording world, 'muddying' mixes.

Here are some resources that might help (Especially with slurring):

3. (Great advice on slurring here).

Hope it helps. Cheers!
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