Scotch Strathspey and Reel (Composed 1901-1911)

graiscot.nwcJune 200081.89 kB00:07:04
Composer:Grainger, Percy Aldridge (1882-1961), Australian
First Line:What shall we do with the drunken sailor
Genre:British Folk Music
Instruments:Flute, Piccolo, Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Concertina, Xylophone, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double-Bass and Choir
Submitter:Woodroffe, Richard
Email:richard.woodroffe (e-mail)
Requires NWC V1.70 or better.
Uses Boxmarks font.
If played using NoteWorthy Player, the instruments playing at the time can be seen. Set the screen divider to immediately below the green text in the first bar. (This should be green in NoteWorthy Player even if you have changed the default colours in composer). If you view this stave in Composer, the colours will be defined by your default colours.
The work is scored for 2 guitars and the composer was very particular about how each 'strum' should be played. As downloaded, the guitars are played in a hidden stave in a group called GUI SET 1. This attempts to create the guitar sound that the composer actually scored. (Yes he did describe how each chord should be played down to the direction of the strum and if played by the fleshy parts of the fingers or the nails). Unfortunately, the great amount of notes needed for this can flood some sound cards. If this is the case, mut the guitars in GUI SET 1 and 'un-mute' GUI SET 2. In this set the 'strum' is achieved by grace notes and may not be as intensive. If all else fails, use the display guitar staves. These will not have any 'strum' effect at all.
Demonstrates the following V1.70 and other features:
If all Staves are viewed (hidden as well as visible), there are 42 in the editor at the same time. Previously, it was only possible to view a maximum of 32 staves in the editor. It is now much easier to pinpoint the actual stave you want to work on when you have more than 32 staves.
Shows positioning of items to next note. This enables multiple text to be positioned over a single note. This can be particularly noted when looking at the what's playing stave with NoteWorthy Player
Shows coloured text (what's playing staff in NWP)
Shows use of hidden rests to achieve n-tuplets (bars 220 onwards - 2 sets of pentuplets in some bars while others have standard time - note that you need tempo changes to do this.
Shows hidden audio staff / display staff combination. Even though the need for hidden staves has been reduced with this release. This file however, still uses them to achieve the n-tuplets mentioned above. In order to put a pentuplet in one stave, the staves that need to stay the same have to be tied to an invisible note to simulate the proper time signature. So for example, you may need a quarter note tied to a 32nd note. The 32nd note would need to be hidden but you cannot hide the 32nd note AND the previous tie line. If the notes were swapped around (32nd note tied to a quarter note), then it would be possible to hide the 32nd note and the tie. But then the quarter note would be out of place in the stave. The only answer is to tie the notes in a hidden stave and then in the display staff, have a visible quarter note and a hidden 32nd rest. (Sorry for this rambling!)
Hidden time signatures - needed for n-tuplets in this file (as above)
Use of mpc to change stereo positioning. When putting together orchestral scores, one of the biggest problems is having enough channels to represent the different instruments. This problem is compounded when different parts for the same instrument need different midi effects at the same time. For example, three different violin parts could be on the same channel as long as the dynamics are reasonably consistent but if you need one violin part bowed (arco) and one plucked (pizz.) then you need even more channels. In this file, the Choral parts are on same channel, but the multi point controller is used to change the spatial positioning of the choir when necessary.
Even with these tricks, I still ran out of channels to use so I had to use staccato notes to simulate pizz. where there were no available spare channels to put a second instrument line (violin 1 and violin 2)
A number of instruments are in a different key to the main work. In order for these to sound properly, the stave has been transposed. (See Bb Clarinet for example). Some other instruments are transposed by an octave so for these, the key signature remains the same and the stave is transposed by 12 semitones.
This NoteWorthy file uses a non standard font. This can be obtained as follows:
Boxmarks - Scriptorium download at