alto clef


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a clef that puts middle C on the third line of a staff

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Although the title page of the Lund manuscript (reproduced on the cover of this edition) identifies the instrumentation of the work as "con Viola da Gambe o Braccio," and it is certainly not unusual for editions of works for viola da gamba to include alternate parts for cello or viola with appropriate changes of clef and bowing indications to accommodate the performance needs of modern string players, such an addition here is befuddling because the two parts are identical: both parts are in alto clef, I here are no editorial bowings that would need to be altered for underhand or overhand bow positions, and the pitch range of the piece falls easily within the range of either instrument.
Originally written in alto clef, Cage utilizes one staff (treble clef) and a time signature of 2/2 for this two-page work.
Almost all contratenor parts originally in alto clef are sensibly given in the octave-transposed treble clef, which does away with the awkward accumulations of ledger lines found in some earlier volumes of The Byrd Edition.
The alto clef encountered when reading the viola part poses a challenge.
Such virtuosic traits relate directly to the instrumentation, as this repertory was composed for two trebles and two basses, employing alto clef frequently for the third and occasionally for the fourth parts when the range extends beyond the bass clef.
Payne deals sensibly with the problems of instrumentation, rewriting the third part in tenor clef in the score but retaining the original alto clef in the parts.