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If the actor John Williams made another “Timeless Classics” commercial…

One of the downsides of rendering from a condensed score is sometimes the realism of the piece is slightly affected. There is always a slight difference in timing when two (or more) human players play a part. Most folks won’t notice this, but if you’ve done any music at all using a sequencer, you are cursed with noticing it. The solution is to split the condensed voices into individual players. To do this, you must pay attention to note stem direction, and sometimes intuition because there are cases where two notes at the same position on a stave will have the same stem direction but are intended as separate voices for individual performers and not a polyphonic chord for a single player. This isn’t an issue for most orchestral instruments as they are monophonic and incapable of chords – it’s implicit that multiple notes mean multiple players. Pianos however ARE polyphonic, and that makes for some interesting notation if two or more are one condensed stave. (Is that chord for one player, or is it a split voice for two?)

You really need to pay attention to score notations such as a.2, a.3, divisi, solo and such as those notations also indicate what is to be done as well.

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