Musical Abbreviations

Below is a list of abbreviations found on our website.

/ = alternative instrumentation
A fl = alto flute
B fl = bass flute
bc, BC = basso continuo
bass cl = bass clarinet
bsn = bassoon

c, cont
= continuo
cb = cembalo
cl = clarinet

clav
= clavicord
dbl bass = double bass
elec = electric, amplified
eng hn = english horn
fl = flute

gtr
= guitar
hp
= harp
hpschd
= harpsicord
hrn, hn
= french horn
narr
= narrator
ob
= oboe
   

org = organ
O/S = over-sized publication
PTS, pts = parts
perc = percussion
pf = piano
picc, pc = piccolo
rec = recorder
sc, SC = score
sf, SF = score form
sop, s = soprano
str = stringed instrument
tamb = tambourine
ten = tenor
tpt = trumpet
trb, trom = trombone
tymp = tympani
vc = cello
vib = vibraphone
va, vla = viola

vn, vln = violin

vx=voice
ww = woodwind instrument(s)