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AuthorTopic:   Unknown symbol, please help!
Anonymous Poster

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posted: 3/28/2005 at 3:41:03 AM ET
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Hi there! I just received a piece of music for a song called "Bon Voyage to You, New Titanic" and I'm wondering about a little symbol I've never seen before. Maybe someone here can help out. Right underneath the Trebel Clef symbol, there is a small 8. There is nothing underneath the Bass Clef symbol. Does anyone know what that little 8 means? It's under every Trebel Clef symbol on the entire piece. Thanks for your help if anyone does know.

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posted: 3/28/2005 at 11:26:04 AM ET
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Unless I'm mistaken, that symbol basically means that everything in that clef is played one octave lower than written. I've seen that notation a bunch in choral music written for SATB choirs. Each part will be written on its own staff. Soprano and Alto witten on separate treble clefs; Tenor written on a treble clef with the little 8 under it; and Bass on the bass clef. I thinks it's used just to simplify reading the notes - rather than using so many ledger lines above the bass clef, and rather than making people figure out the tenor clef, they just created a notation to lower the treble by one octave.

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posted: 4/15/2005 at 5:37:39 PM ET
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The Horn Supremacy's answer is correct.

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