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On my Cello Salut D'amour by Elgar score, it has upside-down down bow symbols on it. Does this just mean up bow? I have this on other pieces too:

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Salut d'amour, Op.12 (Elgar, Edward)

  • Mainz: Schott, 1899, 1901. Plate 26657.
  • Violine (transposed, D major)

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    Could you add a picture? – Matthew Read Apr 2 '16 at 20:43
  • I'm confused. Doesn't the example show regular upbow symbols and upside-down upbow symbols? Why does the text ask about upside down downbow symbols? @nath, are you sure about your edit? – phoog 2 days ago
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    Hey @phoog, I'm really sorry! I was about to post a question about my example and then I saw: "right, it has already been asked and lacking of a picture..." So I did the edit that is completely wrong. Once again, sorry! And thanks for pointing it out! -> now I can still ask my question when I fixed this in a minute or two :-) I also got the right example. – nath 2 days ago
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    @phoog. Ok I fixed it, needs review, but I posted my question here Upside-down up-bow. – nath 2 days ago
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That is the french down bow sign, which is the same thing as normal down bow.

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    Yes, they have the same meaning. But this is not "french" but a tradition of certain music publishers and engravers, notably Durand. – ogerard Apr 4 '16 at 4:26
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    I did some searching online, and that's what I found. Considering that Durand is a French publisher, that is not surprising. – ryanyz10 Apr 6 '16 at 5:30
  • According to OP, the example is from a Russian publisher, which also supports the notion that it is a French convention. – luser droog Dec 10 at 6:17
  • Perhaps, I didn’t look into that much. However, FANTASTIC job replying to a comment that is over 3 years old at this point. Not sure why you felt the need to make a comment that doesn’t contribute and thus revived a dead thread for no reason whatsoever. – ryanyz10 2 days ago

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