[MEI-L] Closed/Plus encoding symbol

Craig Sapp craigsapp at gmail.com
Thu Feb 26 21:33:50 CET 2015

Hi Andrew,

Technically it will depend on the semantics of the symbol, as a '+'
sign will most likely have different meanings for different

For French Horns, the "+" sign is used to indicate a stopped note (or
the start of a sequence of stopped notes that would be cancelled by an
"o" above a note, meaning "open".).

In the MEI articulation list:

I see an entry called "stop", so that is the most likely thing to start with.


On 26 February 2015 at 12:13, Andrew Hankinson
<andrew.hankinson at mail.mcgill.ca> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to encode a "+" articulation mark on a note, and don't seem to be able to find anything in @artic that matches up with it. I could be looking in the wrong place, though.
> You can see an example of this symbol in action in Gould's "Behind Bars" on pp. 281, 297-8 (closed hi-hat) and 263 (Horn hand-stopping). I've consulted the Unicode Western notation guide (from which @artic seems to take its inspiration) and it also seems to be lacking there.
> Any clues?
> Thanks,
> -Andrew
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