I'm sure many of us have come across the use of the "8va" ottava symbol in music to denote a passage which needs to be played an octave higher than it is written.
I recently cam across the following piece on the Boije Collection site, which makes no sense to me.
The 8va symbols are placed UNDER a chord. There is nothing to indicate which note in the chord it applies to. Should the whole chord be played an octave up, or just the bass? Or the top note? Is it an idiosyncratic way of marking an octave harmonic?.
None of these options seem to make any musical sense, so is it just a spectacular piece of drunken engraving?
I think if I decide to play this, I'm just going to play the notes as written anyway, but I just wondered if anyone has seen anything similar or is able to explain it.
The piece is Boije's own "In Memoriam Otto Hammerer", published in 1905 in the "Free Society for the Promotion of Good Guitar-Music" journal.
They didn't even spell his name right....
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