Does anyone know what the "/r" in this score might mean?

Thank you so much...

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    Need to see more of the score. – Tim Oct 18 '19 at 7:21
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    it looks like tr not /r – theonlygusti Oct 18 '19 at 13:19
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    It would certainly be useful to know who engraved and/or published the score (to compare other examples of theirs), and indeed what the piece is (to compare other editions of it). – Andrew Leach Oct 18 '19 at 14:29
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    @CarlWitthoft that would be \r. – shoover Oct 18 '19 at 16:12
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    @shoover pedant :-) – Carl Witthoft Oct 18 '19 at 18:03

This is actually tr, the notation for "trill," an embellishment (or ornament) on a note where you rapidly alternate between the main pitch and an adjacent pitch.

There are many different types of trills; the style of music (and perhaps editorial notes) will clarify exactly which type is intended.

You can check out more in the Wikipedia article.

  • Could be, but unconvinced the first letter is 't'. – Tim Oct 18 '19 at 7:22
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    Not all t's have the tail at the bottom (or, they might have a tail which is more of a serif). – Andrew Leach Oct 18 '19 at 14:28
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    @AndrewLeach But it also seems to be missing the cross at the top, which is more significant in the orthography of 't'. If it's supposed to be just the right part of the cross, it's easily mistaken for a serif on the 'r'. – Barmar Oct 18 '19 at 15:13
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    Mixing a sans-serif "t" with a serifed "r" does look odd, though. The method of printing could affect the appearance of the "t", too; are parts of the "t" missing from a piece of type, for instance? – chepner Oct 19 '19 at 15:43

Definitely a trill. A forward slash would be much taller, narrower and more slanted. Certain fonts leave the tail and the cross off the 't' almost entirely, especially when italic and bold. Below is a comparison of '/r' and 'tr' in a more standard, modern font (on the left) and an older, less common font (on the right).

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    Most likely accurate, but if other 'trills' are in the piece, it'd be good to be able to see them. – Tim Oct 20 '19 at 8:19
  • @Tim Yes, definitely! – WillRoss1 Oct 20 '19 at 15:08
  • Considering typography, I'd say the t should not go lower than the r, but that's what it looks like to me in the scan of OP. – Thomas Weller Oct 20 '19 at 20:28

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