In this score to the Barber of Seville, these rightward pointing triangles appear. I first thought that it may just be an unusual way of showing the accent mark > but this also appears. Does anyone know what these triangles mean?

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  • You say that regular accents also appear in this score. I'd like to see them. (Possibly in another screenshot, though I prefer you'd replace your current one.)
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 12:52

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I've never seen this symbol before, but according to Dolmetsch, this triangle indicates:

strongly accented then immediate diminuendo

It's worth nothing that the example they give is also from Rossini, in his overture to Il signor Bruschino:

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And this discussion on a Finale forum indicates that Rossini makes triangles of many of his crescendo and decrescendo markings by adding a vertical line to the wide end of the mark. I've somehow never noticed this; perhaps my Rossini scores have been edited.

In any event, my guess is that this notation is relatively Rossini-specific.

  • Wait, did Rossini ever compose an overture meant specifically for The Barber of Seville? As far as I can tell, your screenshot does not match the piece best known as the overture for that opera, although I've heard that the piece best known as the overture for The Barber of Seville was composed for a different opera.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 13:26
  • @Dekkadeci Dumb mistake on my part; it's the overture to Il signor Bruschino, I just mixed it up with the excerpt in the question. Thanks!
    – Richard
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 13:34

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