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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A sixty-fourth note.

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  • n. a sixty-fourth note, drawn as a crotchet with four tails.


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  • "He told us that it was very important to know that the hemidemisemiquaver is the British name for the sixty-fourth note," the letter says.

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  • Thus they call a double whole note a breve, a whole note a semibreve, a half note a minim, a quarter note a crotchet, an eighth note a quaver, a sixteenth note a semi-quaver, a thirty-second note a demisemiquaver, and a sixty-fourth note a hemidemisemiquaver, or semidemisemiquaver.

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  • Only in the centuries-old organ world could a half-decade seem but a hemidemisemiquaver.

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  • I win 840 grains of rice and learn the word hemidemisemiquaver.

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  • In all my years I've yet to see any sheet music with a 32nd, 64th or note of smaller duration actually notated, regardless of its multi-prefixed name.

    What is the word for 1/108th, 1/216th or 1/432nd of a quaver, a.k.a. quarter note or crochet, or semiminim?

    For giggles, and others to determine: What is the limit at which the human ear/brain cannot distinguish between two or more successive sounds?

    January 4, 2009

  • Id est "nota bene". Don't punk my pun.

    October 15, 2008

  • Preferred form is nota benissimissimissima.

    October 10, 2008

  • Nota benissississimo.

    October 10, 2008

  • Yes. ;-)

    October 5, 2007

  • I like words that are whole sentences all to themselves.

    October 5, 2007

  • Ah...the 64th ousand dollar question.

    October 1, 2007

  • A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

    December 10, 2006