What is note?

  • (verb): Notice or perceive.
    Synonyms: notice, mark
    See also — Additional definitions below


In music, the term note has two primary meanings:

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Some articles on note:

Neume - Illustrations - Interpretive Marks
... accent when there are five or more notes in a neume group Horizontal episema (horizontal stroke) Used over a single note or a group of notes (as shown), essentially ignored in the ... Liquescent neume (small note) Can occur on almost any type of neume usually associated with certain letter combinations such as double consonants, consonant pairs, or diphthongs in the text Quilisma (squiggly note ...
History of Note Names
... the first fifteen letters of the alphabet to signify the notes of the two-octave range that was in use at the time ... When the compass of used notes was extended down by one note, to a G, it was given the Greek G (Γ), gamma ... and the English word gamut, from "Gamma-Ut", the lowest note in Medieval music notation.) The remaining five notes of the chromatic scale (the black keys on a piano keyboard) were added ...
Neume - Solesmes Notation
... and printed editions of Gregorian chant, using varying styles of square-note neumes, circulated throughout the Catholic Church for centuries ... definitive versions of many of the chants, and developed a standardized form of the square-note notation which was adopted by the Catholic Church and is still in use in publications such as the Liber Usualis (although ... As a general rule, the notes of a single neume are never sung to more than one syllable all three pitches of a three-note neume, for example, must all be sung on the same syllable ...

More definitions of "note":

  • (verb): Observe with care or pay close attention to.
    Example: "Take note of this chemical reaction"
    Synonyms: take note, observe
  • (noun): A promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time.
    Example: "I had to co-sign his note at the bank"
    Synonyms: promissory note, note of hand
  • (noun): A tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling.
    Example: "There was a note of uncertainty in his voice"
  • (verb): Make a written note of.
    Synonyms: take down
  • (noun): A brief written record.
    Example: "He made a note of the appointment"
  • (noun): A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound.
    Example: "The singer held the note too long"
    Synonyms: musical note, tone
  • (noun): A characteristic emotional quality.
    Example: "It ended on a sour note"; "there was a note of gaiety in her manner"; "he detected a note of sarcasm"

Famous quotes containing the word note:

    And songs climb out of the flames of the near campfires,
    Pale, pastel things exquisite in their frailness
    With a note or two to indicate it isn’t lost,
    On them at least. The songs decorate our notion of the world
    And mark its limits, like a frieze of soap-bubbles.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    Alexander Woollcott broadcasts the story of the wife who returned a dog to the Seeing Eye with this note attached: “I am sending the dog back. My husband used to depend on me. Now he is independent, and I never know where he is.”
    —For the State of New Jersey, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    I note that the Africa loves to depict the grace of reptiles.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)