Published by Brichtmark Music (NY), the second edition of our Managing Editor's new book covers the full range of engraving topics in this digital age. The book is divided into three large areas:

  • Engraving Basics
  • Individual Genres
  • Tools of the Trade
 

 

Here's what the reviewers said about the first edition of Music Engraving Today:

"An essential book" [which should] "be a staple of any library" --June 2003 Notes of the Music Library Association.

"You won't believe what you'll learn from any two pages!"--October 2002 American Organist

"To produce professional-quality projects for your singers or publishers, Music Engraving Today is an indispensable resource."--March 2004 American Choral Directors Association Choral Journal

 

Following is the Table of Contents for all three sections:

Part 1:
Contents
Chapter 1: Page Fundamentals
The staff
Chapter 2: Rhythm
Spacing
Rhythmic notation
Beaming
Dots and ties
Fractional beams
Subdividing multiple beamed notes
Rests
Augmentation dots (usage)
Tuplets
Chapter 3: Pitch
Stem length and direction
Augmentation dots (placement)
Accidentals
Slurs and ties
Beam slants
Chapter 4: Putting Markings in their Places
Ornaments (Table)
Articulations (Table)
Miscellaneous markings (Table)
Dynamics (Table)
Text expressions (Table)
Chapter 5: Dealing With Divisi
 
 
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Part 2:
Contents
Chapter 6: Chorus
Score size and layout
Lyrics, style and placement
Spacing issues
Choral Quiz
Chapter 7: Solo Voice
Score size and layout
Lyrics, style and placement
Spacing issues
Solo Voice Quiz
Chapter 8: Keyboard
Score size and layout
Fingering
Piano pedaling
Miscellaneous keyboard issues
Spacing issues
Organ music
Keyboard Quiz
Chapter 9: Orchestra
Score and part size
Score layout
Cues
Transpositions
Part layout
Orchestra Quiz
Chapter 10: Band
Score and part size
Score layout
Notes on percussion
Band Quiz
Chapter 11: Music for Books
Page dimensions and captions
Engraving style
Graphics formats
Book Quiz
Chapter 12: Commercial Copywork
Copywork Quiz.

 
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Part 3:
Contents
Chapter 13: Notation Programs
Project One (choral)
Project Two (orchestral)
Project Three (contemporary)
Recommendations and conclusions
Chapter 14: Music Fonts
Notation fonts
Music text fonts
Special symbol font
Technical background on fonts
Anatomy of a font
Chapter 15: Typography and Page Layout
Typesetting vs. typing
Tracking, kerning and leading
Laying out the page
 
 
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