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What does the 15 mean in the image above?

  • This question may well revolve around the instrument that the music is played on. What would that be. Asking questions such as this, please bear in mind that more information is better than less. – Tim Jun 15 '17 at 18:12
  • @Tim Yes, sorry, its a piano piece. – George Tian Jun 16 '17 at 7:21

It is the double octavia sign, it means that slide is to begin two octaves higher, see this question for further details

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    is "octavia" or "octava" correct here? – Carl Witthoft Jun 15 '17 at 11:34
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    And it ought to have 'va' after it as well. – Tim Jun 15 '17 at 11:38
  • @Tim I assume you mean the original notation should be 15va , right? – Carl Witthoft Jun 15 '17 at 13:08
  • @CarlWitthoft - yes, by itself, it's pretty meaningless. Va is higher, vb lower. Although it's fairly easy to guess it's two octaves higher, had it said 15va, probably the question would not have been posed. – Tim Jun 15 '17 at 16:43
  • @CarlWitthoft - neither! Ottava - Italian. And, sometimes, 'ma' for higher, 'mb' for lower. Why do things simply, when we can complicate them? – Tim Jun 16 '17 at 7:42

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