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Sheet music Symbols. List of musical symbols

The musical symbols are a notation of marks and symbols used as representation of the sound, in its musical aspect, within a musical score.

It is a graphical representation of pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics of a musical piece.

These symbols have been used since the 13th century, and today the notation system used mainly is “western graphic system”.

Within the lines of the pentagram, a series of signs and symbols are being written. Armor, key, compas, notes, tempo, bars, accidents, dynamics …. are elements that are configuring the score according to the creative and artistic activity of the author.


Grace notes

Grace Notes. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Acciaccatura
  • Appoggiatura
  • Quarter grace note
  • 15th grace note
  • 32nd grace note


Clefs

Clefs. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Treble clef
  • Treble clef 8va
  • Treble clef 15ma
  • Treble clef 8vb
  • Frenc violin clef

Clefs 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Soprano clef
  • Mezzo-soprano clef
  • Alto clef
  • Tenor clef
  • Baritone clef (C clef)

 

Clefs 3. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Bass clef
  • Bass clef 8va
  • Bass clef 15ma
  • Bass clef 8vb

Clefs 4. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Bass clef 15mb
  • Baritone clef (F clef)
  • Subbass clef
  • Percussion
  • Tablature


Key Signatures

Key Signatures. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • G major, E minor
  • D major, B minor
  • A major, F# minor
  • E major, C#minor

Key Signatures 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • B major, G# minor
  • F# major, D# minor
  • C# major, A# minor
  • Cb major, Ab minor

 

Key Signatures 3. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Gb major, Eb minor
  • Db major, Bb minor
  • Ab major, F minor
  • Eb major, C minor

Key Signatures 4. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Bb major, G minor
  • F major, D minor
  • C major, A minor


Time Signatures

Time Signatures. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • 2/2
  • 2/4
  • 3/4
  • 4/4

Time Signatures 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • 5/4
  • 6/4
  • 3/8
  • 6/8

 

Time Signatures 3. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • 9/8
  • 12/8
  • 4/4 common time
  • 2/2 alla breve


Bar lines

Bar lines. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Normal
  • Dashed
  • End Bar
  • Double Bar

Bar lines 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Start Repeat
  • End Repeat
  • End-Start Repeat


Lines

Lines. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Slur
  • Crescendo
  • Diminuendo
  • Prima volta
  • Seconda volta

Lines 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Terza volta
  • Seconda volta 2
  • 8va
  • 15ma
  • 8vb

 

Lines 3. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • 15mb
  • pedal
  • Trill line
  • Text line
  • Line


Arpeggio & Glissando

Arpeggio & Glissando. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Arpeggio
  • Arpeggio
  • Arpeggio
  • Arpeggio
  • Glissando
  • Glissando


Breath & Pauses

Breath & Pauses. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Breath
  • Breath
  • Caesura
  • Caesura


Brackets

Brackets. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • Brackets
  • Akkolade


Articulations & Ornaments

Articulations & Ornaments. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • ufermata
  • dfermata
  • ushortfermata
  • dshortfermata
  • ulongfermata
  • dlongfermata

Articulations & Ornaments 2. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • uverylongfermata
  • dverylongfermata
  • thumb
  • sforzato
  • espressivo

 

Articulations & Ornaments 3. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • staccato
  • ustaccatissimo
  • dstaccatissimo
  • tenuto
  • uportato
  • dportato

Articulations & Ornaments 4. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • umarcato
  • dmarcato
  • ouvert
  • plusstop
  • upbow

 

Articulations & Ornaments 5. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • downbow
  • reverseturn
  • turn
  • trill
  • prall
  • mordent

Articulations & Ornaments 6. Sheet music symbols - artandscores.com

  • prallprall
  • prallmordent
  • upprall
  • dwonprall
  • upmordent

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