[MEI-L] What is a cautionary accidental?

Erik Ronström erik.ronstrom at doremir.com
Mon Apr 4 14:54:24 CEST 2016

Quoting ”Behind Bars” :

”An accidental that is repeated later in a bar, even though it is not strictly necessary, is called a ’cautionary’ (or ’reminder’ or ’courtesy’) accidental. Cautionary accidentals confirm the pitch of a note that might otherwise be questioned […] Atonal and highly chromatic idioms should include cautionary accidentals to assist accurate reading.”


> 4 apr 2016 kl. 14:40 skrev Anna Plaksin <annplaksin at gmx.net>:
> Dear list,
> while I was looking for a way to deal with musica ficta signs, I came across the @func attribute. Whereas the definition of an editorial accidental is clear to me, I’m wondering how a cautionary accidental can be understood. I didn’t find any further explanations for this particular attribute.
> Or I try it the other way round: Does someone know a way to encode musica ficta accidentals? How could they be distinguished from other explicit accidentals without declaring them as editorial – because they are written in the source.
> Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom with me. :-)
> Best wishes,
> Anna
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