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":
... chant, using varying styles of square-note neumes, circulated throughout the Catholic Church for centuries ... 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 (although there ... 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 the same syllable ...
... The introduction presents the theme almost whole it lacks only the last note ... 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 ...
... 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 (as shown), essentially ignored in the ... Liquescent neume (small note) Can occur on almost any type of neume usually associated with certain letter combinations such as double consonants ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ... 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 a piano keyboard ...
Famous quotes containing the word note:
“There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading ... may be given without first getting the authors permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that.”
—Robert Benchley (18891945)
“A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“What says the Clock in the Great Clock Tower?
And all alone comes riding there
The King that could make his people stare,
Because he had feathers instead of hair.
A slow low note and an iron bell.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)