This is from the marvelous andante from Bach’s organ trio sonata BWV 528. What does this symbol mean on the stave of the second keyboard? I am assuming it is ornamental. Is it just a strange version of the trill symbol?

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    You're the Lad of Leipzig, you should know! ;-)
    – Richard
    Commented Dec 30, 2019 at 1:45

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That's just a trill, tr. Different engravers over the years have given the symbol various different forms, and that is one in which the "r" is perhaps less obviously an "r," at least to modern eyes.

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