Thirty-second note


Thirty-second note
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In music, a thirty-second note (American or "German" terminology) or demisemiquaver (British or "classical" terminology) is a note played for 1/32 of the duration of a whole note (or semibreve). It lasts half as long as a sixteenth note (or semiquaver) and twice as long as a sixty-fourth note (or hemidemisemiquaver).

Thirty-second notes are notated with an oval, filled-in note head and a straight note stem with three flags or beams.[1] As with all notes with stems, thirty-second notes are drawn with stems to the right of the notehead, facing up, when they are below the middle line of the musical staff. When they are on or above the middle line, they are drawn with stems on the left of the note head, facing down. Flags are always on the right side of the stem, and curve to the right. On stems facing up, the flags start at the top and curve down; for downward facing stems, the flags start at the bottom of the stem and curve up. When multiple thirty-second notes or eighth notes (or sixteenth notes, etc.) are next to each other, the flags may be connected with a beam. Similar rules apply to smaller divisions such as sixty-fourth notes.

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A related symbol is the thirty-second rest or demisemiquaver rest (shown to the right), which denotes a silence for the same duration.

The names of this note (and rest) in European languages vary greatly:

Language note name rest name
Dutch tweeëndertigste noot tweeëndertigste rust
German Zweiunddreißigstelnote Zweiunddreißigstelpause
French triple-croche huitième de soupir
Italian biscroma pausa di biscroma
Portuguese fusa pausa de fusa
Russian тридцать вторая нота тридцать вторая пауза
Spanish fusa silencio de fusa

"Fusa" derives from the mensural notation corresponding to the modern eighth note.


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  • Thirty-second note — Thirty second Thir ty sec ond, a. Being one of thirty two equal parts into which anything is divided. [1913 Webster] {Thirty second note} (Mus.), the thirty second part of a whole note; a demi semiquaver. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thirty-second note — [thʉrt΄ē sek′ənd] n. Music a note having one thirty second the duration of a whole note: see NOTE …   English World dictionary

  • thirty-second note — noun a musical note having the time value of a thirty second of a whole note • Syn: ↑demisemiquaver • Hypernyms: ↑note, ↑musical note, ↑tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • thirty-second note — noun Date: circa 1890 a musical note with the time value of 1/32 of a whole note see note illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thirty-second note — Music. a note having 1/32 of the time value of a whole note; demi semiquaver. See illus. under note. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • thirty-second note — thir′ty sec′ond note n. mad a musical note having 1/32 the time value of a whole note • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • thirty-second note — noun Music, chiefly N. Amer. a demisemiquaver …   English new terms dictionary

  • thirty-second note — /θɜti ˌsɛkənd ˈnoʊt/ (say thertee .sekuhnd noht) noun US demisemiquaver …   Australian English dictionary

  • Thirty-second — Thir ty sec ond, a. Being one of thirty two equal parts into which anything is divided. [1913 Webster] {Thirty second note} (Mus.), the thirty second part of a whole note; a demi semiquaver. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thirty-second rest — noun : a rest equal in time value to a thirty second note * * * Music. a rest equal in value to a thirty second note. See illus. under rest1. [1900 05] * * * thirty second rest, Music. a rest equivalent in time value to a thirty second note …   Useful english dictionary


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