treble clef

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treble clef. The sign   (derived from old letter G) which indicates that the line on which it is placed is the G a 5th above middle C. Used for high-pitched instr., for high vv., and for right-hand pf. parts. For ten. v., treble clef is modified to indicate that notes are sounded octave lower than written.

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tre·ble clef • n. a clef placing G above middle C on the second-lowest line of the staff.

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