Mysterious Musical Symbol

Does anyone know what this musical symbol is called? It is part of Sonata, and Musical Symbols. I've been up and down the web and bought a book on musical symbols but it's just ain't there!

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Hi Marina,

it isn’t part of Unicode’s Musical Symbols, is it?
F

Hi Florian, no, unfortunately it isn't

How large is this symbol in relation to the staff? Can you post a picture of the two together?

- Lex

Most dynamic/tempo instructions are horizontal (don't want to increase vertical spacing between staves), that leads me to think it ought to be some key/time signature symbol.

Maybe some form of tablature rather than traditional notation, or maybe even a form of dance notation. What about non-western?

Not very helpful I know, but it's not very well drawn, is it?

It could be a clef, though a rather obscure one.

I think 2 vertical lines is the symbol for a percussion clef.

This does look familiar, though.

There is Segno sign that is somewhat similar that just is a notation to go back to the mark (like a coda) but it is a bit different looking.

ChrisL

In the font called Sonata, it is referred to as 'serpent', although in many years as a musician, I haven't run into it. Looks nice.

It looks like the symbol for "more money" to me.... ;-)

I've been reading music for 22 years, and I've never seen it. Huh! I will forward this to my dad, who's way more of a music expert than I am.

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Update - my father(who has his PhD in Musicology, and was a music teacher for years) has never seen this before! I'm really really curious. Could it just be a typographer's idea of a good joke?

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Isn’t that the currency symbol of the lawyers’ empire?

Yes, Eben.
It looks like High Cabal.

Don't wanna know more... don't ask. Too dangerous.

Georg
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„Ich bin ein Preuße, kennt Ihr meine Farben...“

I think the name gives it away, no? Surely it's just a fleuron type thing for tarting up music notation?

Could it just be a typographer’s idea of a good joke?

I don't think so. I've definitely seen it in sheet music, I'm don't quite remember what it means though. Perhaps it's used only in some regions (Germany in my case)?

I guess I could ask my former conductor (I used to play in an orchestra until 2.5 years ago).

Jens

«In the font called Sonata, it is referred to as ’serpent’»

Perhaps it’s a clef designed specifically for the serpent?

It does look a bit like an abstract representation of a serpent.

Serpent?

Actually it looks a bit like this.

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editing a dumb observation. Pay no attention.

Guys, thanks a lot for all the threads...As there is no definitive answer to this, I will name it as: "Mysterious Musical Symbol" in my project.