2. Duration names notes and rests

Lang.note namerest namenote namerest name
USlonglong restbrevebreve rest
UKlongalonga restbrevebreve rest
ESlongasilencio de longacuadradasilencio de cuadrada
ITlongapausa di longabrevepausa di breve
FRlongaquadruple-pausebrèvedouble-pause
DELongalonga PauseBrevisbrevis Pause
NLlongalonga rustbrevisbrevis rust
DKlongalonganodespausebrevisbrevis(nodes)pause
SElongalongapausbrevisbrevispaus
FIlonga-nuottilonga-taukobrevis-nuotti, kaksoiskokonuottibrevis-tauko, kaksoiskokotauko
Lang.note namerest namenote namerest name
USwhole notewhole resthalf notehalf rest
UKsemibrevesemibreve restminimminim rest
ESredondasilencio de redondablancasilencio de blanca
ITsemibrevepause di semibreveminimapausa di minima
FRrondepauseblanchedemi-pause
DEganze Noteganze Pausehalbe Notehalbe Pause
NLhele noothele rusthalve noothalve rust
DKhelnodehelnodespausehalvnodehalvnodespause
SEhelnothelpaushalvnothalvpaus
FIkokonuottikokotaukopuolinuottipuolitauko
Lang.note namerest namenote namerest name
USquarter notequarter resteighth noteeighth rest
UKcrotchetcrotchet restquaverquaver rest
ESnegrasilencio de negracorcheasilencio de corchea
ITsemiminima, nerapausa di semiminima, pausa di neracromapausa di croma
FRnoiresoupir*croche*demi-soupir
DEViertelnoteViertelpauseAchtelnoteAchtelpause
NLkwartnootkwartrustachtste nootachtste rust
DKfjerdedelsnodefjerdedelspauseottendedelsnodeottendedelspause
SEfjärdedelsnotfjärdedelspausåttondelsnotåttondelspaus
FIneljäsosanuottineljäsosataukokahdeksasosanuottikahdeksasosatauko

* About the French naming system: croche refers to the note’s ‘hook’. Therefore, from the eighth note on, the note names mean ‘hook’, ‘doubled hook’, ‘trebled hook’, and so on.

The rest names are based on the soupir, or quarter rest. Subsequent rests are expressed as fractions thereof: half a soupir, a quarter of a soupir, and so on.

Each of the following tables contains one type of note and its matching rest, with abbreviations that apply to both notes and rests. Just switch the part that means ‘note’ with the part that means ‘rest’, for example:

Editor’s note: I put a dash ‘-’ when I could not find a language-specific abbreviation for a duration name. If you know of one that I missed, please send it to me, care of the lilypond-user discussion list.

Lang.Note nameRest nameAbbr.
USsixteenth notesixteenth rest16th note
UKsemiquaversemiquaver rest-
ESsemicorcheasilencio de semicorchea-
ITsemicromapausa di semicroma-
FRdouble crochequart de soupir-
DESechzehntelnoteSechzehntelpause16tel-Note
NLzestiende nootzestiende rust16e noot
DKsekstendedelsnodesekstendedelspause-
SEsextondelsnotsextondelspaus-
FIkuudestoistaosanuottikuudestoistaosatauko16-osanuotti
Lang.Note nameRest nameAbbr.
USthirty-second notethirty-second rest32nd note
UKdemisemiquaverdemisemiquaver rest-
ESfusasilencio de fusa-
ITbiscromapausa di biscroma-
FRtriple crochehuitième de soupir-
DEZweiunddreißigstelnoteZweiunddreißigstelpause32tel-Note
NLtweeendertigste noottweeendertigste rust32e noot
DKtoogtredivtedelsnodetoogtredivtedelspause-
SEtrettiotvåondelsnottrettiotvåondelspaus-
FIkolmaskymmeneskahdesosanuottikolmaskymmeneskahdesosatauko32-osanuotti
Lang.Note nameRest nameAbbr.
USsixty-fourth notesixty-fourth rest64th note
UKhemidemisemiquaverhemidemisemiquaver rest-
ESsemifusasilencio de semifusa-
ITsemibiscromapausa di semibiscroma-
FRquadruple crocheseizième de soupir-
DEVierundsechzigstelnoteVierundsechzigstelpause64tel-Note
NLvierenzestigste nootvierenzestigste rust64e noot
DKfireogtredsindstyvendedelsnodefireogtredsindstyvendedelspause-
SEsextiofjärdedelsnotsextiofjärdedelspaus-
FIkuudeskymmenesneljäsosanuottikuudeskymmenesneljäsosatauko64-osanuotti
Lang.Note nameRest nameAbbr.
USone-hundred-twenty-eighth noteone-hundred-twenty-eighth rest128th note
UKsemihemidemisemiquaversemihemidemisemiquaver rest-
ESgarrapateasilencio de garrapatea-
ITfusapausa di fusa-
FRquintuple crochetrente-deuxième de soupir-
DEHundertachtundzwanzigstelnoteHundertachtundzwanzigstelpause128tel-Note
NLhonderdachtentwintigste noothonderdachtentwintigste rust128e noot
DKhundredeotteogtyvendedelsnodehundredeotteogtyvendedelspause-
SEhundratjugoåttondelsnothundratjugoåttondelspaus-
FIsadaskahdeskymmeneskahdeksasosanuottisadaskahdeskymmeneskahdeksasosatauko128-osanuotti
Lang.Note nameRest nameAbbr.
UStwo-hundred-fifty-sixth notetwo-hundred-fifty-sixth rest256th note
UKdemisemihemidemisemiquaverdemisemihemidemisemiquaver rest-
ESsemigarrapateasilencio de semigarrapatea-
ITsemifusapausa di semifusa-
FRsextuple crochesoixante-quatrième de soupir-
DEZweihundertsechsundfünfzigstelnoteZweihundertsechsundfünfzigstelpause256tel-Note
NLtweehonderdzesenvijftigste noottweehonderdzesenvijftigste rust256e noot
DKtohundredeseksoghalvtredsendedelsnodetohundredeseksoghalvtredsendedelspause-
SEtvåhundrafemtiosjättedelsnottvåhundrafemtiosjättedelspaus-
FIkahdessadasviideskymmeneskuudesosanuottikahdessadasviideskymmeneskuudesosatauko256-osanuotti

See also

mensural notation


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