musical notation


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Noun1.musical notation - (music) notation used by musiciansmusical notation - (music) notation used by musicians  
bar line - a vertical line before the accented beat marking the boundary between musical bars
notation, notational system - a technical system of symbols used to represent special things
musical score, score - a written form of a musical composition; parts for different instruments appear on separate staves on large pages; "he studied the score of the sonata"
tablature - a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used
musical scale, scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
stave, staff - (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
staff line - any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
space - one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff; "the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
ledger line, leger line - a short line; a notation for extending the range above or below the staff
clef - a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it
key signature, signature - the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
tonality, key - any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
atonalism, atonality - the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system
musical time signature, time signature - a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
bar, measure - musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; "the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song"
rest - a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
slur - (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
sharp - a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
flat - a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
cancel, natural - a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
accidental - a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
fermata - a musical notation (over a note or chord or rest) that indicates it is to be prolonged by an unspecified amount
solmisation, solmization - a system of naming the notes of a musical scale by syllables instead of letters
segno - (music) a notation written at the beginning or end of a passage that is to be repeated
sforzando - (music) a notation written above a note and indicating that it is to be played with a strong initial attack
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Which musical notation symbol has the same name as the French word for key?
The fourth collection of poems by Jared Carter, Cross This Bridge At A Walk intersperses verse with the rare snippet of musical notation, allowing for a deeper combined experience for those skilled at reading music without disrupting the poetic flow for those who prefer to immerse themselves in words.
It is a beautifully printed folio collection of sixty-eight songs, complete with musical notation: the song-texts are set in type of varying size, allowing each to fit with its notation onto a single page or opening.
Song of Sanctuary, Earth, Sky, Waters, Sophia, Life, and Healing are presented in full musical notation, along with hymns, alternative prayers, litanies, blessings, confessions, reflections, and special text for celebrating the Eucharist.
The great bulk of the volume is taken up with pages of musical notation, and there is just a short thirty-eight-page introduction setting the scene.
Moreover, lute tablature differs substantially from musical notation in which notes are placed on a staff, for it is the very precise and efficacious notation of instrumental gesture.
The third and fourth essays serve as reminders of the limitations to our understanding of Byzantine musical notation. With regard to the third - 'The Evolution of Byzantine Musical Notation in Russia' by Milos Velimirovic - it seems to me very debilitating that no Slavonic notations from before the late seventeenth century can yet be deciphered and that this situation has remained essentially unchanged since early Slavonic musical manuscripts were first looked at about 40-50 years ago.
There are over one hundred notated entries--a few have the musical notation printed alongside.
This is a view with well-established difficulties, and to it Barilli has added some assertions concerning musical notation which are simply wrong.
A new, computer-based technology for automatically converting a singer's tune into musical notation on a computer screen reveals puzzling shifts in sound patterns when a musical note is analyzed segment by segment.
He said: "Buried in the silt were many objects that our forebears had used and discarded among which the most exciting - possibly - is a fragment of slate with musical notation. "This has been identified as the oldest surviving example of polyphonic music found in Scotland and was probably used in choir training.
The three manuscripts are a Heirmologion (1764), an Anthologia (late eighteenth or early nineteenth century), and a Doxastika (early nineteenth century), volumes of Greek sacred chant and hymns with musical notation in late Byzantine neumes, intended for use in the Greek Orthodox Church.