In music, the term note has two primary meanings:
- A sign used in musical notation to represent the relative duration and pitch of a sound;
- A pitched sound itself.
Notes are the "atoms" of much Western music: discretizations of musical phenomena that facilitate performance, comprehension, and analysis.
The term "note" can be used in both generic and specific senses: one might say either "the piece 'Happy Birthday to You' begins with two notes having the same pitch," or "the piece begins with two repetitions of the same note." In the former case, one uses "note" to refer to a specific musical event; in the latter, one uses the term to refer to a class of events sharing the same pitch.
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... was convinced that Williams could compose the musical sound that he desired for any of his films ... Widely considered to be a classic suspense film, its film score's ominous two-note motif has become synonymous with sharks and approaching danger ... In an unusual step for a Hollywood film, Spielberg and Williams developed their script and musical concepts simultaneously, as in the film these ...
... Commentators do not agree on the intrinsic musical value of Diabelli's theme ... It moves in eighth notes, allegro, the treble and bass rapidly alternating throughout the entire piece ... treble holds a chord for four full bars while the bass repeats a little three-note figure over and over, eight times, after which the melody proceeds as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened ...
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“Through man, and woman, and sea, and star,
Saw the dance of nature forward far;
Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times,
Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“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)