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I cannot find the musical symbol for semi-flat. This is a reversed flat symbol. Where can I find this symbol?

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You can use the lilyglyphs package that gives you access to the Emmentaler font that contains a huge range of musical symbols. Not every symbol has a shorthand command defined by the package, but you can access all glyphs using the \lilyGlyph command. Check the list of available glyphs and their names in the online Lilypond documentation. For this to work, you need to compile with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec, lilyglyphs}

\begin{document}
    \begin{tabular}{ p{2em} l }
        \flat &
            \verb|\flat| \\
        \lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.flat} &
            \verb|\lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.flat}| \\
        \flatflat &
            \verb|\flatflat| \\         
        \lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.flatflat} &
            \verb|\lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.flatflat}| \\
        \lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.mirroredflat} &
            \verb|\lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.mirroredflat}| \\
        \lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.mirroredflat.flat} &
            \verb|\lilyGlyph[scale=1.5]{accidentals.mirroredflat.flat}| \\
    \end{tabular}
\end{document}

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  • It may be either my eyes or the browser I'm using (FireFox), but the scale=1.5 doesn't seem to be taking effect. Commented Aug 30, 2023 at 16:18
  • @barbarabeeton I do see a difference: Without scale=1.5, I get smaller glyphs. Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 15:37
  • Okay, thanks. I'm willing to believe my laptop is playing tricks on me -- it is known to be sick in other respects. But changing the scale factor to something much larger definitely works. Just wanted to check. Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 19:59
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You can make your own using \reflectbox from the graphicx package.

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\newcommand{\semiflat}{\reflectbox{$\flat$}}

\begin{document}

$\flat\semiflat\flat$

\end{document}

An alternate notation has a flat sign with a slash:

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\newcommand{\semiflat}{\reflectbox{$\flat$}}
\newcommand{\varsemiflat}{\raisebox{.9ex}{\rotatebox{45}{\rule{1ex}{.25pt}}}\hspace{-.22em}\flat}

\begin{document}

$\flat\varsemiflat\flat$

\end{document}

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