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musical score; written record
Kanji 1759

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Synopsis

This kanji primarily means “musical score,” and because every element in a musical staff is already a symbol, 譜 is a symbol of other symbols! Learn to talk about reading music and to say, “He played piano by ear.” Catch a startling glimpse of traditional musical notation in Japan. Also see why 譜 appears in terms for “genealogy” and “record of a board game,” as well as in biography titles.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1759 on 譜 (musical score), titled "Symbols of Sound"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
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RADICAL言 (149: word)
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HALPERN1085/1476
HENSHALL1759/1918
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