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Brackets and Braces in Music

BRACKET

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A bracket connects two or more lines of music that are played simultaneously. In general contemporary usage, the bracket usually connects the staves of separate instruments (e.g., flute and clarinet; two trumpets; etc.), whereas the brace connects multiple parts for a single instrument (e.g., the right-hand and left hand staves of a piano or harp part).

Other forms of Brackets are

a. Square
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A square usually appears above the bracket and it connects the stave of same type of instruments playing different parts. Example:
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b. Line
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A line usually connects the staves of separate percussive instruments on an open score. For example:
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BRACE

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A brace connects two or more lines of music that are played simultaneously in keyboard and harp music-clef depending on the instruments playing, the brace, (occasionally called an “accolade” in some old texts), will vary in designs and styles.

Brackets and Braces in use on an Open Score:
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