Sixty-fourth note


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In music notation, a sixty-fourth note (American) or hemidemisemiquaver (British) is a note played for 1/64 of the duration of a whole note (or semibreve). It lasts half as long as a thirty-second note (or demisemiquaver).

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Sixty-fourth notes are notated with a filled in oval note head and a straight note stem with four flags. The stem is drawn to the left of the note head going downward when the note is above or on the middle line of the staff. When the note head is below the middle line the stem is drawn to the right of the note head going upward. Multiple adjacent sixty-fourth notes may have the flags connected with a beam.

A similar, but rarely encountered symbol is the sixty-fourth rest (or hemidemisemiquaver rest, shown on the right of the image) which denotes silence for the same duration as a sixty-fourth note.

Notes shorter than a sixty-fourth note are very rarely used, though the hundred twenty-eighth note (otherwise known as the semihemidemisemiquaver or quasihemidemisemiquaver), and even shorter notes, are occasionally found.

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

Language note name rest name
Dutch vierenzestigste noot vierenzestigste rust
German Vierundsechzigstelnote Vierundsechzigstelpause
French quadruple-croche seizième de soupir
Italian semibiscroma pausa di semibiscroma
Spanish semifusa silencio de semifusa
Polish sześćdziesięcioczwórka pauza sześćdziesięcioczwórkowa
Portuguese semifusa pausa de semifusa
Russian шестьдесят четвертая нота шестьдесят четвертая пауза

"Semifusa" derives from the mensural notation corresponding to the modern sixteenth note.


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  • Sixty-fourth note — Sixty fourth Six ty fourth , a. Constituting or being one of sixty four equal parts into which a thing is divided. [1913 Webster] {Sixty fourth note} (Mus.), the sixty fourth part of a whole note; a hemi demi semiquaver. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sixty-fourth note — [siks′tēfôrth′] n. Music a note having one sixty fourth the duration of a whole note: see NOTE …   English World dictionary

  • sixty-fourth note — six′ty fourth′ note n. mad a musical note having one sixty fourth the time value of a whole note • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • sixty-fourth note — noun a musical note having the time value of a sixty fourth of a whole note • Syn: ↑hemidemisemiquaver • Hypernyms: ↑note, ↑musical note, ↑tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • sixty-fourth note — Music. a note having one sixty fourth of the time value of a whole note; hemidemisemiquaver. See illus. under note. * * * …   Universalium

  • sixty-fourth note — noun Date: circa 1890 a musical note with the time value of {frac1/64} of a whole note see note illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sixty-fourth note — noun Music, N. Amer. a hemidemisemiquaver …   English new terms dictionary

  • sixty-fourth note — /ˌsɪskti ˈfɔθ noʊt/ (say .sisktee fawth noht) noun US → hemidemisemiquaver …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sixty-fourth — Six ty fourth , a. Constituting or being one of sixty four equal parts into which a thing is divided. [1913 Webster] {Sixty fourth note} (Mus.), the sixty fourth part of a whole note; a hemi demi semiquaver. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sixty-fourth rest — noun : a musical rest corresponding in time value to the sixty fourth note * * * Music. a rest equal in time value to a sixty fourth note. See illus. under rest. [1920 25] * * * sixty fourth rest, Music. a rest as long as a sixty fourth note …   Useful english dictionary


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