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I could not find an orchestral score for The Apostles on IMSLP, but the same notation can be found in other Elgar compositions, like The Kingdom, which seems to be part of the same edition, so it also follows the same "standard": That score includes a page with the composer's notes, which explains those symbols as his own version of tempo change ...


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This is just to confirm something already mentioned above. This kind of music notation, AFAIK, comes from Edson Lopes. In fact, in one of his (free) scores, Daily Technique, this is his very own note on (P6) "apoiar o polegar sobre a 6 corda", meaning "rest your thumb on the 6th string". Source: http://tinyurl.com/TecnicaDiaria


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Thirds were never considered dissonances in European music, but until the 11th century, they were left out of the list of consonant intervals for discant but included consonances for organum and plainchant. The scientists of music theory made an attempt to update ancient Greek theory, via Boethius, to match some aspects of current practice insofar as ...


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Any time we invert something we can choose the axis around which everything will be inverted. This way, we can best fit the inversion with whatever harmonic environment may be desired. When you inverted the image, you were de facto inverting the music around C, the middle of the staff, because that C stays constant in both the original and the inverted ...


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