[Menvi-discuss] Primer of Braille Music

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Sat Apr 14 11:27:56 EDT 2012

I've seen 64th notes in piano music by Liszt and Chopin, but I don't think
I've ever seen a 128th or 256th note. But, of course, theoretically it's
Some people might argue why these note values would ever be used, but the
value of the note can affect other things than just the duration of the
note. Psychologically, the value of the note affects things like attack,
expression, and just the general sense of urgency (or lack thereof) in the
Think on the other end of the spectrum.
If you see a half note at quarter equals 120 and a whole note at 240, you're
more likely to give the whole note more gravitas, even though both notes
have the same duration.
So, 64th notes at 60 will be more fleeting and lighter than 32nd notes at
This is also one of the reasons why a composer might choose to write in 4/2
time (half equals 120), rather than 4/4 time (quarter equals 120). Seeing
all those longer note values changes the musicians perspective on the piece.
-Andy English
Music consultation and transcription services.

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[mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org]On Behalf Of Debra Baxley
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  To: 'This is for discussing music and braille literacy'
  Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Primer of Braille Music

  According to the Primer of Braille Music by Edward W. Jenkins, a 128th
note, and a 256th note are mentioned, without examples.  Has anybody known
of these in Braille music?  He also mentions a 64th note.

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