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I've noticed on Edson Lopes pieces he highlights (I think) certain phrases. Not sure what he is trying to tell us when he puts a section between these arrows. Notice arrow pointing left and down, then right and down. I never ran into these arrows before. Here's an example from his transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565.

Edson Lopes transcription mm. 16-23

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Based on their placement in the score, they appear to mark phrase boundaries. Note that they come in pairs: e.g., m. 18 has a leftward mark and m. 19 has a rightward mark. Similarly mm. 21-22.

As @OldBrixtonian points out, these marked passages are played like cadenzas, with some rhythmic freedom, which can be heard in this recording (thanks to @OwainEvans):

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  • I'd love to hear this on a guitar! It looks to me as if the arrows surround libero, cadenza-like passages. I'm surprised there's no footnote explaining them. – Old Brixtonian Sep 20 at 2:17
  • @OldBrixtonian Agreed about the candenzas. Hopefully the OP posts an original. I left that out of my answer until there was a way to confirm. – Aaron Sep 20 at 2:23
  • You mean the original organ version? Yes, some edition might mark those passages. I don't think Bach would have done. Maybe a guitarist will show up and tell us what they are. – Old Brixtonian Sep 20 at 2:31
  • Thanks for granting my wish :-) I thought you KNEW what the piece was BTW. – Old Brixtonian Sep 20 at 10:52
  • @OldBrixtonian I confess to being a bit chagrined at not recognizing it immediately. Owain Evans found the YouTube vid. – Aaron Sep 20 at 23:06

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