[ UK /sˌɛmɪkwˈe‍ɪvɐ/ ]
  1. a musical note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note
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How To Use semiquaver In A Sentence

  • The original sources maintain some distinction between the lengths of appoggiaturas: whether those notated here as acciaccaturas are in reality semiquavers is unclear (surely they must often be realized as such).
  • It's pretty unusual to find hemidemisemiquavers in pieces of music, because most of the time they're too short to be significant - just 1/64th of a semibreve.
  • The opening melodic phrase is repeated throughout the piece, decorated sometimes by acciaccaturas, trills, or flowing semiquavers.
  • There was this very specific attention to every hemidemisemiquaver and how quintuplets were going to inter-relate with this and how the texture of the cymbalom would work with the mandolin versus the harps and so on.
  • We may not all know how many semiquavers make a minim, but we know what kind of music helps us to relax after a hard day.
  • Each phrase, each note, each semiquaver rest must be locked into position before eternity. Times, Sunday Times
  • Within these prohibitive technical limitations, the performer is asked to make rapid scalic runs and, in one place, semiquaver leaps, and the piece ends with a double glissando.
  • Endless varieties of notational patterns (up to hemidemisemiquavers) and ornaments can be created by combing the characters in the font
  • In Beethoven's music any note from the semiquaver to the minim is capable of functioning as the main beat, and such virtuosos as Liszt and Paganini simply played some of their own music as fast as possible.
  • Maybe there is something to be said for inhabiting a separate little musical world of adulation, ‘luvvies’ and cascading semiquavers!
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