In the picture below, it looks like there is a rest superimposed on top of a note. What does this mean?

It looks like a rest superimposed on top of a note.


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It's a misprint. Both are 16th-note As, and the rests are misplaced.

The rests should be placed lower on the page, level with the stems-down eighth note chords. They represent a separate "voice" — imagine two instruments playing: one instrument plays the upper notes, the other instrument has the rests and the lower notes.

Whatever this piece is, I highly recommend looking for a different version. This is very poorly engraved. In addition to the misplaced rests, the final note either should be an eighth note (not a sixteenth) or should not be dotted.

Here is a correct engraving: corrected OP engraving

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    To be fair, I’ve seen worse.
    – Lazy
    Nov 18, 2022 at 9:11
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    Indeed, but Aaron's advice is nonetheless good well taken. There's no point in struggling with a faulty edition if you can find a better one.
    – phoog
    Nov 18, 2022 at 11:29
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    The stave has two parts - part 1 is sticks up, part 2 is sticks down. The rest should be there but it's in the wrong place. It should be further down the stave so it's clear that it applies to part 2 Nov 18, 2022 at 13:03
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    "Engraved" - if only! You don't get this kind of nonsense if you employ an engraver. Nov 18, 2022 at 13:35
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    @Aaron - when you said "the rests shouldn't be there" I'd read that as "shouldn't appear on the page at all". But on re-reading, I think you must have meant they shouldn't be there on the page; they should be somewhere else on the page instead. I misunderstood, I think. Nov 19, 2022 at 16:14

Could be part of a separate voice. Upward stemmed notes are voice 1 and downward ones are a voice 2. The rests are then correct, albeit positioned very poorly. This is possible in some score writing programs.


That is an error. It belongs to the second voice, with the 8ths with stems down, and should be moved lower.

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