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  • A descending five-note figure that had been lingering in our subconscious throughout the piece — actually they are the first notes to appear in the left hand in Emerson — suddenly crystallizes into the Stephen Foster song 'Down in the Cornfield.'

    Denk and Ives, Partners in Pianism

  • Famous examples include the five-note Intel bong, McDonald's "Ba da ba ba ba" signoff and NBC's three-note chime, in use since 1929.

    Making an Impression in Just Four Notes

  • Just for kicks, I used the familiar five-note musical motif from Close Encounters of the Third Kind as the basis of my pi melody.

    Boing Boing

  • The five-note scale commonly includes several whole tones that are set off by minor thirds gaps in a formation resembling the black notes of the piano keyboard.

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  • It's actually the five-note tune that plays throughout the level.

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  • Legend has it that the moon had risen at that exact moment accompanied, no doubt, by that Old West five-note whistle, and a miner cupped his hands around it to show the proposed snacks desired circumference.

    Let Me Eat Cake

  • She showed me a simple five-note scale with both hands and, almost instinctively, I repeated with precision.

    The Cost of Living: No Cure For Cancer

  • Her mother—to her credit—had rearranged court dates so that she could watch Josie be plaque in the school dental hygiene play, or hear her five-note solo in the Christmas chorale.

    Nineteen Minutes

  • Her mother-to her credit-had rearranged court dates so that she could watch Josie be plaque in the school dental hygiene play, or hear her five-note solo in the Christmas chorale.

    Nineteen Minutes

  • A bird sang a five-note song; red wings flashed in the trees.

    Spirit Gate

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