<slur> Indication of 1) a "unified melodic idea" or 2) performance technique.
Module MEI.cmn
Member of
Contained by
MEI.cmn: measure
MEI.critapp: lem rdg
MEI.mensural: ligature
MEI.neumes: syllable
MEI.shared: layer
May contain Empty element
element slur

<sch:rule context="mei:slur">

<sch:assert test="@startid or @tstamp or @tstamp.ges or @tstamp.real">Must have one of
the attributes: startid, tstamp, tstamp.ges or tstamp.real</sch:assert>

<sch:assert test="@dur or @dur.ges or @endid or @tstamp2">Must have one of the
attributes: dur, dur.ges, endid, or tstamp2</sch:assert>

Historically, the term "slur" indicated two notes performed legato, while the term "phrase" was used for a "unified melodic idea". Nowadays, however, "slur" often has the same meaning as "phrase" (See Read, p. 265-266), since the visual rendition of the two concepts is the same. MEI provides two distinct elements so that those users wishing to maintain a distinction for historical reasons may do so. If the user does not want to maintain the distinction, then the more generic slur element should be employed. The starting point of the slur may be indicated by either a startid, tstamp, tstamp.ges, or tstamp.real attribute, while the ending point may be recorded by either a dur, dur.ges, endid, or tstamp2 attribute. It is a semantic error not to specify one starting and one ending type of attribute. Either place, bulge, or bezier attributes may be used to record the curvature of the slur. The slur and tie elements may be used instead of the slur.* and tie.* attributes provided on chord and note elements when 1) they are required by software, or 2) multiple, alternative slurs are needed. Please note that the dur attribute is not a true duration, but rather a time stamp for the end point of the slur.

MEI Guidelines Version 2.1.1

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