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  • n. Plural form of crotchet.


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  • Miss Balquidder had, like most folk, her opinions or "crotchets" -- as they might be -- and one of them was, to keep her business and friendly relations entirely distinct and apart.

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story.

  • It will be noticed that the form of the notes is the same whether whole or divided into fractions; that is, there are no different forms for "crotchets," "quavers," "semiquavers," etc., the expression of time being better provided for.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • Kael needs to be read the way she wrote: in bulk with all her crotchets, perversities and forgotten controversies intact.

    What She Found in the Dark

  • "The Fry Chronicles" is so slickly charming it seems churlish to harrumph, so I'll merely take a page out of Mr. Fry's book to comment that his compilation of crotchets can be both compelling and cockamamie.

    True Tales of a Happy Hypocrite

  • Now those personal crotchets are being offered as authorized standards, as if you could decree the tune the language is obliged to dance to.

    'Equation,' 'Gingerly' And Other Linguistic Pet Peeves

  • Also thanks to Kath Wilham at Aqueduct for typesetting the lot, picking up syntactical and other errors, putting up with my punctuation and other crotchets, and coming up with the idea of pictures for the cover, along with the sub-title.

    BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » WisCon Chronicles 4: The Cobbler’s Toss

  • In the other sources one can trace the emergence of more distinctive stylistic traits, particularly in the field of rhythm, where Pedro de Cristo developed the above-mentioned penchant for declamation and, occasionally, harmonic motion in crotchets, which was relatively rare in Portugal at that period; this characteristic is found particularly in polychoral works such as the 8th-tone setting of the Magnificat and the hymn Sanctorum meritis.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • There are signs of the latter's influence within Pedro de Cristo's music, including a fondness for narrow overall ranges 16 notes being typical in the works of Francisco de Santa Maria and in the early part of Pedro de Cristo's surviving output, syllabic declamation in crotchets, and the simultaneous use of a cambiata figure in one part and passing notes in another.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • At the risk of making us all sound like the speakers in a dramatic monologue, our tics, crotchets, hobby-horses, and what-have-you all have a bad habit of manifesting themselves when we least expect it--and, often enough, without us knowing.

    The Little Professor:

  • But I am bound to dispose of it according to the will of the donor; and at any rate, you are not entitled to call for it until you come to years of discretion; a period from which you are six years distant, according to law, and which, in one sense, you will never reach at all, unless you alter your present unreasonable crotchets.

    The Surgeon's Daughter


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    March 9, 2011