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    Notation issue

    Studying a score and copying a part, I've met a notation symbol I dont recognize. After a series of legato (slurred) notes and/or at the beginning of a series of slurred notes, the first/last note has a apostrophe-like symbol above, not bent but straight. It is not a staccato sign, I am sure. What is it?

    It looks like '

    Raymond

  2. #2

    Re: Notation issue

    It's hard to say without actually seeing it, but I suspect it may be a caesura of some sort. Most likely just a breath mark. It could also be a pause, but you normally see 2 parallel diagonal lines for that.
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  3. #3

    Re: Notation issue

    Usually a comma is a "breath" mark, but in non-winds it is a short separation between notes - not staccato but separated.

    A cesura (or caesura) is notated as two "railroad tracks": //

    I would conclude if it looks like an apostrophe or a comma that it is a breath mark.
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    Re: Notation issue

    Usually the luftpause (apostrosphe) is placed after a note, not directly above it.

    You said the symbol you see is straight. Does it look like a wedge? The wedge is "staccatissimo", meaning shorter than staccato.

    JT

  5. #5

    Re: Notation issue

    Jeff may be right.

    Does it look like the 2nd notation example (4th measure) here?

    http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory21.htm#slurstaccato

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  6. #6

    Re: Notation issue

    Raymond -

    Aren't you going to tell us if that is the symbol you were talking about?

    - k
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  7. #7

    Re: Notation issue

    Yes, here is the link to that part of the score. See measure 44,45

    http://www.box.net/shared/07bqqnrjt0


    the symbol on the note above the "f" [that little apostroph-like] and so on..... flute part (viola part, vc part at the end of the score).

    BTW, this is a page from the original score, scanned and pdf-ed.

    Raymond

  8. #8

    Re: Notation issue

    I would say a poor choice of fonts but meant to be staccatissimo articulation.


  9. #9

    Re: Notation issue

    Definitely staccatissimo.
    Dan Powers
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  10. #10

    Re: Notation issue

    I thought so, having listened to the real CD recording, but this recording is an old one and I wanted to be sure what Schubert meant, though it is not quite clear from that recording. Thanks guys,

    Raymond

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