Triple Dynamics

The dynamic range of orchestra musicians spans more or less between pp and ff. Triple dynamics, even though used quite regularly especially by inexperienced orchestrators will mostly result in not sounding any different than the double dynamics.

Only in rare cases or very contemporary writing it might be appropriate to use triple dynamics (e.g. triple forte for the crescendo in the final chord of a piece etc.).

In all other cases, triple dynamics rather look “desperate” to the musicians.


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