Issues : Uncertain notes on ledger lines

b. 20-21

composition: Op. 28 No. 23, Prelude in F major


In order for the notes on the ledger line to be visible, Chopin would make their noteheads look like short, vertical dashes, and not round dots, as it is on the stave. The bottom part of such a dash could be quite long, which confused the interpreters a few times, who would see it as an additional crotchet stem. The fifth semiquaver in each of these bars illustrates this phenomenon well. Cf., e.g. the Mazurka in B Minor, Op. 24 No. 4, b. 23

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issues: Uncertain notes on ledger lines