I'm a bassoonist and when I play in a wind band I often get given a trombone part.
Sometimes I have to transpose a score because it is in E♭𝄞. And sometimes I have to transpose passages that are too high for me to play. I won't be of a standard to play the solos in Rite of Spring anytime soon. So I find myself writing out a lot of scores in a different clef or octave.
Last week I got a score that appeared to have a note tied to the following rest, as appears in bar 49. This is the way I transcribed it but the bar in the original trombone part looked like this
My notation reference (Gould, Behind bars, 72) tells me that this is an "open tie" which is also indicated laissez vibrer.
Now, I understand what this means for a stringed instrument. It means "don't damp the string at the rest".
But my reed won't continue vibrating when I stop blowing, and I must assume something similar applies to trombones.
So clearly the notation doesn't really mean laissez vibrer: it's some sort of metaphor. Can anyone explain what it does mean?