Hello fellow composers. This is a question for all of you, and especially those who might be great sight readers or have performed in ensembles.
I have been studying scores and notation manuals for the past 12 years, and I have never come upon the answers to these next questions about how players interpret the following dynamics notation. Perhaps someone with more (or better) experience could be of some help:
1) when there is a crescendo hairpin with no dynamic following it, does the volume stay louder even after the crescendo marking, or does the volume revert to the dynamic marking previous to the crescendo?
2) If the answer is based on "context" (which I believe unfortunately may be the case), then what are the rules based on different contexts?
3) If there are no rules regarding this, then how can any composer expect to communicate his music without also conducting the piece and wasting time on the podium explaining his intention?
I'm sure there will be more questions, but I have been seeing lots of hazy dynamic writing and was wondering about the standard way of interpreting these things, so I might improve my dynamics notation in Overture.