6

I am trying to learn a piece of piano music and have found some strange notation in it.

Two vertical brackets spanning the two piano staves, each to the right of a multi-stave chord.

The two vertical brackets appear to apply only to that particular chord. I have not found this notation elsewhere in the piece nor have I encountered it before. The problematic notation is highlighted below:

Freehand circles!

What is this notation called? What does it mean?

  • 1
    It means "play all the bracketed notes with the same hand" - probably the left hand. (I assume you made this drawing yourself and left out the other notes in the score). – user19146 Sep 16 '17 at 20:06
  • @alephzero Actually, I didn't. This is from the original and afaik so far only copy of the piece. I am transcribing it in order to be able to read it in real-time. Please post that as an answer. – wizzwizz4 Sep 16 '17 at 20:44
4

It means the bracketed notes are to be considered a single musical unit. The composer is suggesting you play them all with the same hand. This is probably a good idea, but in the absence of any further, higher notes, it's only a suggestion. The composer gets to tell you what notes to play. He doesn't get to insist on HOW you achieve it!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.