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date: 23 October 2019

Klavarskribo (from Esperanto klavar: ‘keyboard’, skribo: ‘writing’)locked

  • Wilke Jan Kaasjager


(from Esperanto klavar: ‘keyboard’, skribo: ‘writing’)

A system of notation developed in the Netherlands, in about 1930, by Cornelis Pot (1885–1977). In 1931 a publishing house was set up in Slikkerveer (south of Rotterdam) for the publication of editions in the new notation system. It continues to publish and print music in Klavarskribo, and has also become a teaching institute. In 1990 the total number of its publications was 15,000, an output that includes a large proportion of the standard repertory for piano and organ, as well as a number of works for voice, for string and wind instruments, and theory publications. The notation system has attained a certain popularity in the Netherlands and is also used in other countries.

The system is based on a vertical staff in which groups of two thin and three thicker lines are shown in the same arrangement as the black keys on a keyboard (ex.1). Each octave has its own staff of five lines, providing space for seven white-note symbols in between the lines and five black-note symbols on the lines. Note stems are shown as horizontal lines, the direction of the stem indicating (for keyboard music) which hand plays a note or group of notes or (for other instrumentations) which notes belong to which voice or part. A C clef is used to indicate middle C (...

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