from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A whole note in music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical note four beats long in 4/4 time; a whole note (US)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A note of half the time or duration of the breve; -- now usually called a whole note. It is the longest note in general use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a whole note, or the space of time measured by it. See note, 13.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)
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Consecutives on successive semibreve beats are broken by the intervention of a minim if it is a harmony note, but not if it is a passing discord.
Coldplay won my heart from the first semibreve.....even when Kashata slammed them to god kows where...needless to say she is now totally reformed.
'I am the breve, Carlo here is the semibreve, he is the crotchet, he is the quaver, and that lad in the sea is a semiquaver, and little Piero here is a demi-semiquaver.
A native harpist adds the music of his many strings; and not bad music either, though he does not know a quaver from a semibreve, and his harp is of his own manufacture.
The quotient will be 12 francs for each bar, or the proportions will be as follows: -- For a semibreve, 12f.; a minim
"If we're going to play duets after tea and you continue to absorb sandwiches at your present rate of consumption, you'll soon be incapable of detecting the inherent difference between a quaver and a semibreve."
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.
Beginning at the 1st complete bar, and reckoning one step to each semibreve -- 1.
The dotted minim value of this corresponds with the semibreve value of the other.
There was also a _semibreve_, a diamond-shaped note which was used when two or more tones were sung to one syllable.