Tudor repeat symbols for Musescore

• Mar 9, 2018 - 13:29

Thought I'd share this note and maybe save someone a lot of effort.

In tudor music, a repeat mark, instead of the segno, or repeat colon we now use, used a face picture like "kilroy was here." To print it when music printing was invented, they used upside down "period-question mark-period" above the staff and right side up below to show the "face" "looking" at the staff location meant. The dot from the question mark wasn't originally there, but this way they could make the "face" with existing type.

Musescore repeats done tudor style:

In "Staff Text,"

Above score paste in this--> ˙¿˙

Below score paste in this--> .?.

Sometimes, since the question mark provided it's own "eye" dot, you got-->¿˙
and -->.?

In the old music typesets, the question mark dot and the period fell at the same level. To get this, for the sticklers, you can do two separate staff texts, then pull them up or down to level them.

This must be in unicode, changing the format loses the upside down letters.

I just use it as a reminder of why I put the repeat there, or perhaps as an explanation for those newly studying Tudor scores. It will not affect the action of the score, of course.


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

I'm not going to bother, mostly because the number of us who actually work with Tudor sources is very small. I just figured it was a quick way to show it within parameters of what's there now, without the work of adding a revision for only a very few users. If anyone else thinks so, I'd be happy to push it, but not that many people would use it, IMHO.

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