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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
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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.

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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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