Staccato in wrong location

I’m thinking this is related to how Dorico deals with tied notes. I need the staccato over the eighth note, not the half note.

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See Changing the positions of articulations on tie chains for how to handle this locally. Read the tip towards the bottom for how to handle this globally.

The reason for its default placement (on the last note in the tie chain) is because staccatos affect a note’s duration - that is, they indicate notes should be played shorter. Therefore, Dorico shows this at the end of the note, as that’s where the shortening takes place.

In your example, how do you want the player to interpret an eighth note with a staccato, tied to a half note? If you want them to play it short, like the previous 3 eighth notes with staccatos, does it need to be tied?

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Hi there

It looks as if this is a specifically piano usage of a staccato dot to mean a type of key-strike, which therefore does affect the attack of a note.

I strongly dislike this, as it’s ambiguous on longer note values (tied or not) and would prefer some other way of notating it, but I’m not aware of another articulation sign that would serve.

I did have success with one composer in substituting a textual indication: he eventually settled on ‘brittle’ placed after the dynamic.

Just some related thoughts. Ignore at will.

I agree with Jeremy. I really don’t like this notation, as it’s ambiguous, which is not the point of a medium like music notation which is supposed to communicate an intention as clearly as possible. And even the classical period use of the staccato to mean a light accent was generally only used on shorter notes, certainly not on tied ones. I seem to remember Schumann, Brahms and Poulenc, among others, writing short chords (sometimes with staccatos) with pedal, indicating an indication for a different kind of attack. I’d be curious to see the context of SleepyinSeattle2’s example, just to check whether I could get an idea of what might be intended.