In music, the term note has two primary meanings:
- A sign used in musical notation to represent the relative duration and pitch of a sound;
- A pitched sound itself.
Notes are the "atoms" of much Western music: discretizations of musical phenomena that facilitate performance, comprehension, and analysis.
The term "note" can be used in both generic and specific senses: one might say either "the piece 'Happy Birthday to You' begins with two notes having the same pitch," or "the piece begins with two repetitions of the same note." In the former case, one uses "note" to refer to a specific musical event; in the latter, one uses the term to refer to a class of events sharing the same pitch.
Other articles related to "note, notes":
... printed editions of Gregorian chant, using varying styles of square-note neumes, circulated throughout the Catholic Church for centuries ... many of the chants, and developed a standardized form of the square-note notation which was adopted by the Catholic Church and is still in use in publications such as the Liber Usualis (alt ... As a general rule, the notes of a single neume are never sung to more than one syllable all three pitches of a three-note neume, for example, must all be sung on ...
... These are pound sterling notes and equal in value to Bank of England notes, and should not be confused with banknotes of the former Irish pound ... Earlier note issues by the bank were made under the bank's previous names the Provincial Bank of Ireland Ltd ... First Trust Bank's current notes depict two generic people, one male, one female ...
... almost whole it lacks only the last note ... a series of variations which deconstruct the theme note by note ... In the final section, the theme is rebuilt, note by note, from the middle note, until it resembles a Russian Orthodox hymn ...
... to have used the first fifteen letters of the alphabet to signify the notes of the two-octave range that was in use at the time ... When the compass of used notes was extended down by one note, to a G, it was given the Greek G (Γ), gamma ... for scale, gamme is derived, and the English word gamut, from "Gamma-Ut", the lowest note in Medieval music notation.) The remaining five notes of the chromatic scale (the black keys on ...
... vertical stroke) Seems to indicate a subsidiary accent when there are five or more notes in a neume group Horizontal episema (horizontal stroke) Used over a single note or a group of notes ... Liquescent neume (small note) Can occur on almost any type of neume usually associated with certain letter combinations such as double consonants, consonant pairs, or ...
Famous quotes containing the word note:
“I note what you say of the late disturbances in your College. These dissensions are a great affliction on the American schools, and a principal impediment to education in this country.”
—Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
“There was a saviour
Rarer than radium,
Commoner than water, crueller than truth;
Children kept from the sun
Assembled at his tongue
To hear the golden note turn in a groove....”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)
“In our Mechanics Fair, there must be not only bridges, ploughs, carpenters planes, and baking troughs, but also some few finer instruments,rain-gauges, thermometers, and telescopes; and in society, besides farmers, sailors, and weavers, there must be a few persons of purer fire kept specially as gauges and meters of character; persons of a fine, detecting instinct, who note the smallest accumulations of wit and feeling in the bystander.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)