For those who knows: What is the interpretation of these notheads in a score.

• Sep 25, 2022 - 17:46

I am uncertain (correction: I do no know!) how a musician should interpret these note heads.
And how do I get this layout in MuseScore?

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Makes no sense to me as a professional pianist and music editor, but I'm guessing whoever edited this score was thinking it might be a decent way to indicate optional notes (rather than the more typical use of parentheses). Did they not provide a key to their notation of any sort, like at the beginning or end?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

My score is from 1897.
There is no key as to how this notation is to be interpreted.
I have "tons" of these scores, but I have not seen this before in any of my old scores.
So perhaps this is an odd, "uncorrect" and obscure attempt to indicate something that no-one today really understands the meaning of.

In reply to by ErlingI

Who is the composer? Bartok used noteheads like these to indicate that the keys were depressed silently and then held, allowing the strings to ring sympathetically when other notes were played, but that doesn't seem feasible here (Mikrokosmos 102). More likely they mean that those notes are optional as Marc suggests, e.g. if the chords are too awkward for small hands.

In reply to by kuwitt

Thanks for pointing to this link.
In mentions also a possible answer: that the notes should be played with the right hand.
However, I do not think that is the case here.
Perhaps as you say it means the melody line.
In that case I would have added those note heads as a separate voice and not be part of the whole chord.
I could then use the accent articulation on that voice alone.

I have closely looked at my old score and the special note heads are not a separate voice, but part of the whole chord.
But still, your guess is the "best" so I will explain "your idea" in the little "document text" I normally add to the scores I publish.
In case someone finds it worth while to download and play the piece!
Thanks again!

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