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Old Music Fingering Example

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Old Music Fingering Example
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 17:18:15 -0500
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The examples in the documentation portray the placing of finger
numbers after notes as respectable.  If you look at this file, which
has left hand fingering well done, you will see that it is not.  I
don't think you can find a single instance of a finger number directly
after a note.  There is only one in an edition I have from a plate
engraved in 1853.  I don't know how old this one is, but they have the
awful "classical" quarter rest instead of the s-z rest, introduced
about 1810.  The point is that these engravers were conservative to a

There is no effort at all to keep fingering off of staff lines.  In
mine there is absolutely no fingering on leger lines though.

The idea seems to be that the fingering, and even sometimes the
dynamics(!), should flow along with the notes.  See for yourself.
This is from the Royal Danish Library "RIBS" collection.  It is the
third part of Carcassi's "Complete Method", arguably the most
sucessful music publication of all time, in print continuously since
1838.  You can see a lot of big names on the cover.  See the top line
of No. 7 for fingering with sharps.


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