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What does this symbol mean?

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I am asking about the symbol before the fermata, I found this in this publication of nuvole bianche, bar 98.

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    Aka the symbol on our buttons. – Dom Apr 5 '16 at 18:48
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    It means that note has been upvoted. – Todd Wilcox Apr 5 '16 at 18:53
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    Both are written by composers who can't be bothered to state just how long they want a note to be held for. The former is shorter. – Tim Apr 5 '16 at 19:07
  • @Tim, yeah, it seems kind of pointless to specify a "shorter" or "longer" fermata, since all fermatas mean "get your nose out of your music and look up at the conductor for how long this note should last!" – NH. Nov 15 '17 at 18:17
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It's still a fermata and is typically referred to as triangle fermata. It's shorter than a typical fermata, but holds the same idea of prolonging the note longer than the value written. There's another variant of the fermata referred to as a square fermata that you hold longer than a typical fermata. You can see them all in the Dolmetsch musical symbols dictionary.

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    It should be noted that while the fermata is commonplace, and square fermatas are somewhat frequent in modern scores, the triangle fermata is really, really rare. I've been using sheet music for decades, and I've never encountered a single one, ever. – Kilian Foth Apr 6 '16 at 6:23
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It is just a "shorter" fermata. Not official notation (actually, what is official) but modern composers used different shapes of fermatas to indicate different lengths. Most notably Poulenc.

Still, it remains subjective. Fermatas are never a precise alteration.

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It's a modern version of a fermata. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermata.

Some composers use these to represent differing lengths of pauses.

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