[Menvi-discuss] Primer of Braille Music

Brandon Keith Biggs brandonboy13 at comcast.net
Sat Apr 14 11:37:12 EDT 2012


Hello, are 32nd notes like  quarter notes with dot 6 on the bottom and 64th notes like half notes?
Thanks,

Brandon Keith Biggs


From: Data 
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:27 AM
To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy 
Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] Primer of Braille Music

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 possible. 
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 piece. 
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 120. 
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
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  -----Original Message-----
  From: menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org]On Behalf Of Debra Baxley
  Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:14 AM
  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.  

   

  Debra



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