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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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
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 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
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 5:30
  • According to OP, the example is from a Russian publisher, which also supports the notion that it is a French convention. Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 6:17

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