I have a piece here, that uses upside-down up-bows, that I have never seen before. Since I know other editions of the same opus, I can tell that they have the meaning of a normal down-bow. Does anyone know anything about this? Yesterday I confused this example with the post about Upside-down down-bows, but here it obviously is a different matter. Does it have to to with the engraving technique of a certain time or area, since this print is from Russia as stated below?

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Sebastian Lee; Op. 30 - St. Petersburg: M. Bernard, n.d.(ca.1873).


He explains this right at the start of the book (First Edition, from IMSLP).

Tirez = pull, Poussez = push. In other words, ^ is a different notation for a down bow. enter image description here

  • RTFM FTW! :-) . Ain't it amazing what people miss? Dec 11 '19 at 15:16
  • @CarlWitthoft yes exactly! Seems like this comment applies mostly to itself, though a question is not a manual. ;-) +1 for adding this snippet, but it does not really answer the question. I was rather gaining towards some background information about why this upside-down symbol was used in certain editions instead of the common down-bow symbol.
    – nath
    Dec 12 '19 at 0:12

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