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Baroque String Writing

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Well technically, baroque composers didn't actually write many directions in scores/parts (sparse to no tempo markings, dynamics, instrumentation, etc.), so most of it is open to interpretation. I like pater's link though.

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I'm sorry, my question was misleading and incomplete. What would a modern composer write on a score to signify a Baroque sensibility in the strings? I'm guessing, due to the subleties of string playing, that it would have to be a discussion between composer and conductor and players rather than a simple directive on the score, although non vib. would be the first step. It would be so easy to say to the orchestra, play this weird piece as if it were an adagio in a Bach cantata. And they would immeniately know what to do. Michael Nyman has written some works that have this sensibility but I have never seen his scores.

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Hmm...well there really isn't any protocol. I guess you can write something to the effect "play in the style of Baroque era", and then maybe specify what you want. If the piece is written well, most players/conductors will intuitively pick up on what they're suppose to do.

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sans vibrato, surely?

(Ignorance Alert!)

What does that even mean? Is there someone here who is ignorant in this scenario?

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