Musical Symbols (Unicode block)

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Musical Symbols
RangeU+1D100..U+1D1FF
(256 code points)
PlaneSMP
ScriptsCommon (209 char.)
Inherited (22 char.)
Symbol setsmodern musical notation
Assigned231 code points
Unused25 reserved code points
Unicode version history
3.1219 (+219)
5.1220 (+1)
8.0231 (+11)
Note: [1][2]

Musical Symbols is a Unicode block containing characters for representing modern musical notation. Fonts that support it include Bravura, Euterpe, FreeSerif, Musica and Symbola. The Standard Music Font Layout (SMuFL), which is supported by the MusicXML format, expands on the Musical Symbols Unicode Block's 220 glyphs by using the Private Use Area in the Basic Multilingual Plane, permitting close to 2600 glyphs.[3]

Block[edit]

Musical Symbols[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1D10x 𝄀 𝄁 𝄂 𝄃 𝄄 𝄅 𝄆 𝄇 𝄈 𝄉 𝄊 𝄋 𝄌 𝄍 𝄎 𝄏
U+1D11x 𝄐 𝄑 𝄒 𝄓 𝄔 𝄕 𝄖 𝄗 𝄘 𝄙 𝄚 𝄛 𝄜 𝄝 𝄞 𝄟
U+1D12x 𝄠 𝄡 𝄢 𝄣 𝄤 𝄥 𝄦 𝄩 𝄪 𝄫 𝄬 𝄭 𝄮 𝄯
U+1D13x 𝄰 𝄱 𝄲 𝄳 𝄴 𝄵 𝄶 𝄷 𝄸 𝄹 𝄺 𝄻 𝄼 𝄽 𝄾 𝄿
U+1D14x 𝅀 𝅁 𝅂 𝅃 𝅄 𝅅 𝅆 𝅇 𝅈 𝅉 𝅊 𝅋 𝅌 𝅍 𝅎 𝅏
U+1D15x 𝅐 𝅑 𝅒 𝅓 𝅔 𝅕 𝅖 𝅗 𝅘 NULL
NOTE
 HEAD 
𝅚 𝅛 𝅜 𝅝 𝅗𝅥 𝅘𝅥
U+1D16x 𝅘𝅥𝅮 𝅘𝅥𝅯 𝅘𝅥𝅰 𝅘𝅥𝅱 𝅘𝅥𝅲 𝅥 𝅦 𝅧 𝅨 𝅩 𝅪 𝅫 𝅬 𝅭 𝅮 𝅯
U+1D17x 𝅰 𝅱 𝅲  BEGIN 
BEAM
END
 BEAM 
 BEGIN 
TIE
END
 TIE 
 BEGIN 
SLUR
END
 SLUR 
 BEGIN 
PHR.
END
 PHR. 
𝅻 𝅼 𝅽 𝅾 𝅿
U+1D18x 𝆀 𝆁 𝆂 𝆃 𝆄 𝆅 𝆆 𝆇 𝆈 𝆉 𝆊 𝆋 𝆌 𝆍 𝆎 𝆏
U+1D19x 𝆐 𝆑 𝆒 𝆓 𝆔 𝆕 𝆖 𝆗 𝆘 𝆙 𝆚 𝆛 𝆜 𝆝 𝆞 𝆟
U+1D1Ax 𝆠 𝆡 𝆢 𝆣 𝆤 𝆥 𝆦 𝆧 𝆨 𝆩 𝆪 𝆫 𝆬 𝆭 𝆮 𝆯
U+1D1Bx 𝆰 𝆱 𝆲 𝆳 𝆴 𝆵 𝆶 𝆷 𝆸 𝆹 𝆺 𝆹𝅥 𝆺𝅥 𝆹𝅥𝅮 𝆺𝅥𝅮 𝆹𝅥𝅯
U+1D1Cx 𝆺𝅥𝅯 𝇁 𝇂 𝇃 𝇄 𝇅 𝇆 𝇇 𝇈 𝇉 𝇊 𝇋 𝇌 𝇍 𝇎 𝇏
U+1D1Dx 𝇐 𝇑 𝇒 𝇓 𝇔 𝇕 𝇖 𝇗 𝇘 𝇙 𝇚 𝇛 𝇜 𝇝 𝇞 𝇟
U+1D1Ex 𝇠 𝇡 𝇢 𝇣 𝇤 𝇥 𝇦 𝇧 𝇨
U+1D1Fx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 12.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

History[edit]

The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Musical Symbols block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
3.1 U+1D100..1D126, 1D12A..1D1DD 219 L2/97-129 Roland, Perry (1996-12-03), Proposal for encoding Western music symbols in ISO/IEC 10646
L2/97-264 Aliprand, Joan (1997-11-25), Comments on Proposal for Encoding Western Music Symbols
N1693 Roland, Perry (1998-02-19), Proposal for encoding Western Music symbols
L2/98-045 Roland, Perry (1998-02-23), Proposal for Encoding Western Music Symbols in ISO/IEC 10646
L2/98-039 Aliprand, Joan; Winkler, Arnold (1998-02-24), "3.A.1 REVISED PROPOSAL a. Western Music", Preliminary Minutes - UTC #74 & L2 #171, Mountain View, CA - December 5, 1997
L2/98-070 Aliprand, Joan; Winkler, Arnold, "Western Music", Minutes of the joint UTC and L2 meeting from the meeting in Cupertino, February 25-27, 1998
L2/98-286 N1703 Umamaheswaran, V. S.; Ksar, Mike (1998-07-02), "8.21", Unconfirmed Meeting Minutes, WG 2 Meeting #34, Redmond, WA, USA; 1998-03-16--20
L2/99-392 Hodgson, Andrew (1999-12-24), Comments on the Proposal for Encoding Western Music Symbols in ISO/IEC 10646
L2/00-179 Everson, Michael (2000-06-08), Draft Irish comments to FCD 10646-2:2000 (Musical symbols chart)
N2280 Suignard, Michel (2000-09-22), "Clause 10 Western musical symbols (Two identically named sectins: One under Ireland, one under Sweden)", Disposition of comments on SC2 N 3442 (ISO/IEC FCD 10646-2)
L2/04-258 Cline, Ernest (2004-04-17), Musical symbol errors
L2/04-316 Moore, Lisa (2004-08-19), "B.15.14", UTC #100 Minutes
5.1 U+1D129 1 L2/05-258 N2983 Andries, Patrick (2005-09-07), Defect report and proposal to add one musical multiple rest character
8.0 U+1D1DE..1D1E8 11 L2/11-376 Andreev, Aleksandr; Shardt, Yuri; Simmons, Nikita (2011-09-29), Proposal to Encode Medieval East-Slavic Musical Notation in Unicode
L2/12-022 N4206 Andreev, Aleksandr; Shardt, Yuri; Simmons, Nikita (2011-09-29), Proposal to Encode Medieval East-Slavic Musical Notation
L2/12-122 Andreev, Aleksandr; Shardt, Yuri; Simmons, Nikita (2012-04-23), Proposal to Encode Medieval East-Slavic Musical Notation in Unicode
L2/12-327 N4362 Andreev, Aleksandr; Shardt, Yuri; Simmons, Nikita (2012-10-04), Proposal to Encode Medieval East-Slavic Musical Notation
L2/12-343R2 Moore, Lisa (2012-12-04), "Consensus 133-C15", UTC #133 Minutes, Approve 11 East-Slavic musical symbols
N4353 (pdf, doc) "M60.14", Unconfirmed minutes of WG 2 meeting 60, 2013-05-23
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  3. ^ "Standard Music Font Layout website". Retrieved 2018-02-24.