Notes and Rests

This page lists of the various symbols in the Notes and Rests group.

In music, the term note has two primary meanings:

* A sign used in musical notation to represent the relative duration and pitch of a sound;

* A pitched sound itself.

A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a symbol indicating the length of the pause. Each rest symbol corresponds with a particular note value:

Symbols in this group:

Double whole note or breve

In music, a double whole note (American) or breve (international) is a note lasting twice as long as a whole note (or semibreve).

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Double whole rest of breve rest

The double whole rest (or breve rest), which usually denotes a silence for the same duration. Double whole rests are drawn as filled-in rectangles occupying the whole vertical space between the second and third lines from the top of the musical staff. They are often used in long silent passages which are not divided into separate bars to indicate a rest of two bars. This and longer rests are collectively known as multiple rests.

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Whole Note or Semibreve

In music, a whole note (American) or semibreve (British) is a note represented by a hollow oval note head, like a half note (or minim), and no note stem. Its length is equal to four beats in 4/4 time.

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Whole Rest of Semibreve Rest

In music, the whole rest (or semibreve rest), usually denotes a silence for four beats in 4/4 time.

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