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So there is an extra two measures on top of the measure 58. What does that mean?

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    Funny it's called 'in Db', but part of the piece is in key sig C#... – Tim Apr 22 '16 at 15:40
  • The measure numbers are not in the image you posted. Which one is measure 58? – Todd Wilcox Apr 22 '16 at 15:42
  • @Tim Perhaps the manuscript was written in C# major, and for that reason the editor of this particular edition wanted to preserve that notation, while at the same time usually Db major is substituted these days, so everyone knows the piece by the Db major name instead of the C# major name. – Todd Wilcox Apr 22 '16 at 15:43
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    @ToddWilcox - o.k., but it 'modulates' from C# to Db on the music. Strange? – Tim Apr 22 '16 at 15:48
  • @Tim that is very interesting. Perhaps a whole new question on what's going on there would be cool. I don't have any ideas at this time why that would make sense. If it were music on a non-keyboard instrument from before wide adoption of 12 ET, then maybe that would make some sense, but for keyboard music in any tuning it seems like a notation change only. Perhaps there's a reason for a notation change there. – Todd Wilcox Apr 22 '16 at 16:20

The one says "2da volta" means "second repeat". You play the given bars in the second repeat while playing the main variant (of the top staff, presumably) otherwise.

The "Ossia" means "Other": optionally, you can play the small variant instead of the main variant below it.

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    I'm going to convert the question about measure numbers to a comment, since that's the appropriate place for such questions, and you probably won't be able to comment yourself yet. And I'm letting the rest of the answer stand (and upvoting it) since it's solid information and probably answers the question regardless of which measure is 58. Welcome to Music.SE and good first answer! – Todd Wilcox Apr 22 '16 at 15:40
  • Being pedantic, do you mean 'first repeat' rather than 'second repeat'? – Tim Apr 22 '16 at 16:02
  • @Tim Doesn't "2da" seem more likely to mean "second" rather than "first"? Oh, I see what you're saying. Maybe this is regional but in my experience the phrase "first repeat" when talking about music means the first time the section is played, not the second time. Yes, it's abuse of the word "repeat", but that's how people say it. If someone said "second repeat" and meant the third time through, that would really confuse me. Likewise with "first repeat" meaning the second time through, but "on the repeat" would mean the second playing to me. – Todd Wilcox Apr 22 '16 at 17:40
  • @ToddWilcox - yes, when something is repeated, it HAS to have been done the first time, surely. So a second repeat HAS to be the third rendition! – Tim Apr 22 '16 at 18:14
  • @ToddWilcox - AND! a first time bar is called that for a good reason!! It isn't called a first repeat time bar... – Tim Apr 22 '16 at 18:47

It simply means the second time you play the right hand slightly differently, sort of arpeggiated. 'Volta' means time or occasion.

'Ossia' is just an alternative part, to be chosen instead of the original under it. Usually an easier option, but ossia doesn't literally mean easier!

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