Etched onto Dmitri Shostakovich's gravestone is his famous "DSCH" motif in musical notation, but I'm perplexed: The flat symbol preceding the E5 is not what I know of to be a flat symbol... What is that?

Zoomed DSCH logo

Entire image as it appears on Shostakovich's memorial on findagrave.com:

Shostakovich's grave site

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Is it just a trick of the photograph? I can sort of see the vertical stroke of the b. Or perhaps it got knocked off!

  • I believe you're right (to either trick of photography or the stem fell off) - according to another image on findagrave.com, the stem is barely noticeable.
    – pr1268
    Mar 8, 2017 at 21:02
  • Yes, that picture shows the stem of the flat plainly. It's a 3-dimensional representation of music, not strict typography. We must make some allowance for construction and style.
    – Laurence
    Mar 8, 2017 at 22:00

That looks like a regular flat. If you look closely the stem still goes up. The stomach of the flat just goes broader than a space. If the lithographer was my student I would make him write that flat again.


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