Inverted V symbol in sheet music

December 10, 2009 at 07:05 PM ·

How does one play a note with an inverted V symbol above it? I found a hint somewhere on te internet that it is an accent, but couldn't find the explanation. If that is an accent, how is it different from the greater-than accent symbol?

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December 10, 2009 at 08:14 PM ·

 The inverted v symbol says something about the length of the note, so it differentiates itself from the accent that is really talking about the attack; an accented note can still be a full length note, the accent applying to the degree of attack on the note, not necessarily its length. So the inverted v symbol is more of a marcato-staccato; it shortens the value of the note.

December 10, 2009 at 08:27 PM ·

Very heavy. 

An accented note often will be more of a push and use quite a bit more bow. 

This mart (is that what it's callied? I'm recalling it that way, but could be wrong), means it's a heavy stroke, needing more weight throughout the stroke, as opposed to an accent.

December 11, 2009 at 01:22 AM ·

As you can see from the examples below music dictionaries and composers do not agree on the meaning of all musical terms. This is one of those:

  ^    the caret, when used as an accent or stress mark, also called le petit chapeau. In the eighteenth-century this mark was used to denote expressive stress and for such purpose the sign continued to be used into the nineteenth-century. There is good evidence that in terms of its strength le petit chapeau lies between the light [dot we call a period] and the heavier sf and sfz. By the middle of the nineteenth-century le petit chapeau was used synonymously with > or even to indicate a somewhat heavier stress than >
le petit chapeau ( ^ )
^  The caret plus a dot in the middle:
placed above or below the note head = martellato: (Italian) strongly marked, hammered
The caret with a dot in the middle:
strong & staccato  or staccato duro =
very percussive and shorter duration than notated
 ^  strong accent martelato = generally meant for attacks at loud dynamic levels of forte or louder
"Context is the musicians best guide"  cfn

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