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Thread #122270   Message #2679888
Posted By: Jack Campin
14-Jul-09 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: BBC Radio 4 features abc
Subject: RE: BBC Radio 4 features abc
any rhythm that can be expressed in standard notation can be expressed in abc

Not quite. The standard is ambiguous on this, but as far as I know nobody has ever implemented the ability to nest tuplets. If I remember right, there is an example on the cover of the LP of Brian Ferneyhough's String Quartet no. 2 where he has a quintuplet inside a triplet inside a quintuplet. You would have to represent that as a 75-plet in ABC if you wanted any available software to process it. Ferneyhough does that sort of thing a lot.

Maybe Captain Birdseye plays Ferneyhough on his concertina? If so, can we have a YouTube link? There's a YouTube of the solo flute number from "Carceri d'Invenzione" - that should in principle be doable on the concertina.