Our engraver's quizzes received
more positive responses from our old newletter than any other part of
the letter; with the web page, we'll continue offering them. This
first one is a general purpose quiz; each measure has at least one,
and no more than three, mistake(s). (Well, deliberate mistakes,
anyway. . .) For conductors who have performed this piece: no, Dr.
Powell has not revised it--he simply agreed to add a few minor items
to make it work in our "quiz."
The "answers" follow--both the
mistaken and corrected versions can be downloaded in pdf format, if
Following is the corrected
version, with commentary underneath:
Mistakes in the "top"
m. 1: piano dynamic should be
between piano staves; tempo marking "Gently" should have its left
edge directly over the left edge of the time
m. 2: stem on the high "f" is
m. 3: empty measure in voice
parts should be whole rest; "b" in piano r.h. should be
m. 4: soprano dynamic
"crashes" into measure number; bottom dot in piano r.h. voice two
is incorrect; Bb tie is upside down.
m. 5: word extension in alto
is too long.
m. 6: eighth notes in voices
should be beamed together, not flagged; "16vb" is
incorrect--"15mb" is the correct marking for a two octave
m. 7: STB parts should not
have word extensions; soprano Bb stem should be shortened (as
written, it appears that the note is lower than the Ab preceding
m. 8: notes in piano r.h. 3rd
beat are reversed--the voice one Bb should be in the stationary
position and the voice two Ab should be displaced to the
m. 9: overall spacing is
unacceptable--note the uneven spacing of the eighth notes in the
piano; the voice two dot in the piano r.h. should be below the
line; the word "feed--" is placed poorly: it should be centered on
the note as if there were no punctuation.
m. 10: dynamic markings
("cresc.") should be italics and must appear on all staves; the
sixteenth note stems are too long--they should match the length of
the quarter note stems.