[MEI-L] Conventional encoding of suggested accidentals (ficta)?

Micah Walter mwalter at haverford.edu
Sat Jun 22 20:45:08 CEST 2013

Thanks all for the suggestions!

I like the specificity provided by @place, and the clarification provided by @reason. While I'm fine with the loose usage of "ficta" in this case, it might be even more useful to provide a particular reason: "cadence" (raised tone at authentic cadence), "preparation" (lowered sixth degree in Phrygian lead-up to authentic cadence), "tritone" (to avoid struck dissonance), "imitation", etc.

I'd also be interested to hear reasons for preferring <supplied> over <add>, or vice versa.


On Jun 21, 2013, at 17:52, Craig Sapp <craigsapp at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Raffaele,
> On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:06 PM, Raffaele Viglianti <raffaeleviglianti at gmail.com> wrote:
>> <supplied reason="ficta">
>>   <accid accid="s" place="above"/>
>> </supplied>
> I wouldn't mind, but crazy purists would complain that if you use this to indicate an editorial B-flat, then it is semantically incorrect since B-flat is technically not a musica ficta note.  So it is in general better to think of them as editorial accidentals used to chromatically inflect notes for performance, which usually happen to move the notes onto musica ficta pitches.
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