Re: A note on notes (Alexandra Hettergott )

Subject: Re: A note on notes
From:    Alexandra Hettergott  <a.hettergott(at)>
Date:    Fri, 11 May 2001 23:04:14 +0200

Bruno Repp wrote : >My main point was that "note" should not be used to refer to musical >sounds. Well, this sort of (mutually) exclusive usage might yet lead to further (semantic) troubles, for instance, when using 'half' / 'semi-tone' (i.e., a 'half step') instead of 'half note' (i.e., half the length of a 'whole note') in a pre / descriptive (referential) context, vice versa (e.g., "the score provides playing a 'half note' lower" or "it sounded just the length of a 'semitone'") ... And what about 'rests' referring to 'silent events' ? >The term "note" in music is analogous to the term "letter" >in language, which also denotes a written symbol, not a sound. Well, I'd consider musical 'notes' / symbols yet to a higher degree being 'denoting' each (roughly) compared to single (Latin) language 'letters' (more sort of 'phonideograms' as in Chinese, again, where I would include the whole notational context, though, not the notes alone) ... :ah

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