preliminary proposal: New Unicode characters for Arabic music half-flat and half-sharp
gwalla at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 15:02:46 CDT 2015
Wouldn't it be easier just to change the example glyphs for U+1D132 MUSICAL
SYMBOL QUARTER TONE SHARP and U+1D133 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE FLAT? The
ones currently in the charts do not appear to be in common use.
The most common symbol for the quarter tone flat, from what I've gathered,
is a reversed flat sign. Some composers use the flat with stroke. One
potential complication: AIUI the Arel-Ezgi-Uzdilek system for notating Turkish
music, which divides each whole tone into nine koma, uses both, along with
a few altered sharps.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> I’m interested in working with you and Sami on this.
> These two characters are often referred to as quarter sharp and quarter
> flat as well. The symbols are also widely used outside Arabic music. The
> western classical tradition from the 20th century on is full of them.
> They're not obscure symbols really. Musicians with even a moderate interest
> in contemporary music are aware of them.
> I’m travelling in Sweden working on Blissymbols at the moment, but when I
> get back home on Friday and can consult some of my reference works I’ll get
> in touch with you. It shouldn’t take long to put something together.
> Michael Everson
> On 29 Mar 2015, at 05:21, Johnny Farraj <johnnyfarraj at yahoo.com
> > Dear unicode list members,
> > I wish to get feedback about a new character submission proposal.
> > Currently the Miscellaneous Symbols table (2600-26FF) includes the
> following characters:
> > 266D ♭ MUSIC FLAT SIGN
> > 266F ♯ MUSIC SHARP SIGN
> > while the Musical Symbols table (1D100 - 1D1FF) includes the following
> > 1D12A MUSICAL SYMBOL DOUBLE SHARP
> > 1D12B MUSICAL SYMBOL DOUBLE FLAT
> > 1D12C MUSICAL SYMBOL FLAT UP
> > 1D12D MUSICAL SYMBOL FLAT DOWN
> > 1D130 MUSICAL SYMBOL SHARP UP
> > 1D131 MUSICAL SYMBOL SHARP DOWN
> > 1D132 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE SHARP
> > 1D133 MUSICAL SYMBOL QUARTER TONE FLAT
> > I am proposing the addition of 2 new characters to the Musical Symbols
> > - the half-flat sign (lower note by a quarter tone)
> > - the half-sharp sign (raise note by a quarter tone)
> > <half-flat sign.png>
> > <half-sharp sign.png>
> > These are widely used in Arabic music notation, and they express
> intervals that are multiples of quarter tones.
> > I am the primary sponsor of this proposal. As far as my credentials, I
> am the owner of http://maqamworld.com, the most widely used online
> resource on Arabic music theory, in English.
> > I can also enlist the support of many academics in the ethnomusicology
> field, who specialize in Arabic music.
> > I welcome any feedback on this proposal.
> > thanks
> > Johnny Farraj
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