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Topic: Question about a symbol  (Read 496 times)

Offline igel60

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Question about a symbol
on: March 31, 2020, 04:48:35 PM
It's probably been asked and answer, but if I don't know what it's called searching is hard.

I've seen this symbol, I think only on the bass line, maybe only with octaves. There's typically room between the bass notes. Maybe mostly with octaves. Forced into a text format it looks like

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Or flipped upside down. One symbol, no gaps, and the horizontal line's usually slanted. I'm hoping this site doesn't dispose of extra blank spaces. (One thing I do know is I've never seen it in violin music.)

Ideas?

Offline j_tour

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Re: Question about a symbol
Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 02:22:39 AM
Now I'm a bit curious.

Yes, I know exactly what notation symbol you're talking about, but I'll be damned if I can remember what it means, specifically.

If it means anything at all:  I suspect it's just a legibility thing, perhaps to mark of a bit of the page for performance notes.  I'm pretty sure I've seen it in some editions of Debussy, and perhaps some of the Busoni editions of Bach.

Where exactly did you see this?  Can you do a screenshot or a quick photograph of the page in question?

It's bothering me now, too, because I know exactly what you're talking about, but I haven't got the faintest idea what it means, if there is any real meaning at all to it.

To be honest, I just basically ignored it in the past and figured it wasn't important.

But now I want to know!

 >:(

ETA Yeah, I've only seen it below the bottom stave of the grand staff as well.  And, no, nothing to do with keyboard music in three staves or pedal indications.  Unfortunately, I'm running out of energy to go flip through a bunch of printed music to give an example.  I'd be about 80% sure it's to help with performance notes/annotations, but I really would like an answer as well. 

That's all I can think of.
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Offline c_minor

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Re: Question about a symbol
Reply #2 on: April 01, 2020, 11:58:23 AM
I believe it's a pedal marking. See the following link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/359091770266619140/

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Re: Question about a symbol
Reply #3 on: April 01, 2020, 06:09:32 PM
I believe it's a pedal marking. See the following link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/359091770266619140/

Yeah, I would call that a definitive response. 

Just an alternate way of marking pedalling.

I suppose I was confused in that I remember seeing it in editions of Bach, which, you know, according to modern standards doesn't really take pedalling indications.

At least, as far as notation goes, it's not quite as fugly as those lines scrawled through the staves to indicate which voice is to be shared between the hands.
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