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Hufnagel [Hufnagelschrift] (Ger.: ‘horseshoe-nail-script’)locked

  • David Hiley


A style of notation found mostly in late medieval German chant manuscripts, so called because of the resemblance of its virga (single note of relatively higher pitch) to a Hufnagel (horseshoe-nail). Called ‘Gothic’ script by the humanists, it was written with a wide-headed pen cut across obliquely, and lacks curved lines, being done almost entirely in strokes at right angles to one another. It persisted long after the age of printing: manuscripts from as late as the 18th century used ...

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