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  • noun Plural form of semiquaver.


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  • But for the robber baron, for the pirate, who was both strong and delicate, I cried the most tears while I was writing my first piece, cursing the semiquavers.

    Moondog Marcus Speh 2011

  • Mans, i was like sightreading the violin thingy today, i think it was quite good la, running semiquavers with my teacher going so fast (i think he thinks that ive played it before) Bah.

    yanxious Diary Entry yanxious 2005

  • Pops and growls, thumb slaps and startling runs of semiquavers had vaulted the bass, often merely the plodding supporter of harmony, to the front of the band.

    Broken Music, A Memoir Sting 2003

  • He followed this rhetorical question with the same two notes, ritardando, played four quaver chords, then a bar which disrupted one's expectations by the introduction of a rest and a pair of semiquavers, and very shortly broke into cascades of chorded and unchorded semiquavers that left Pelagia open-mouthed.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin De Bernieres, Louis 2003

  • In the early stages of the training this principle is clearly observed; later it may be varied in many ingenious ways, for instance in what is known as plastic counterpoint, where the actual notes played are represented by movements of the arms, while the counterpoint in crotchets, quavers or semiquavers, is given by the feet.

    The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

  • At _hopp_ the crotchet must be divided into quavers, triplets, semiquavers, etc., as may have been previously arranged, or instead of _hopp_ the teacher may call _three_,

    The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

  • It will be noticed that the form of the notes is the same whether whole or divided into fractions; that is, there are no different forms for "crotchets," "quavers," "semiquavers," etc., the expression of time being better provided for.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878 Various

  • The counterpoint can be filled in with triplets, semiquavers, or with notes of any other value.

    The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

  • Quavers were common property in all musical countries quite early in the 16th century, and semiquavers appear in a madrigal of Palestrina published in 1574.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1 Various

  • Indian ink, and some of the beauty spots looked like demi-semiquavers on

    The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair Their Observations and Triumphs


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