2. Duration names notes and rests

Lang.

note name

rest name

note name

rest name

US

long

long rest

breve

breve rest

UK

longa

longa rest

breve

breve rest

ES

longa

silencio de longa

cuadrada

silencio de cuadrada

IT

longa

pausa di longa

breve

pausa di breve

FR

longa

quadruple-pause

brève

double-pause

DE

Longa

longa Pause

Brevis

brevis Pause

NL

longa

longa rust

brevis

brevis rust

DK

longa

longanodespause

brevis

brevis(nodes)pause

SE

longa

longapaus

brevis

brevispaus

FI

longa-nuotti

longa-tauko

brevis-nuotti, kaksoiskokonuotti

brevis-tauko, kaksoiskokotauko

Lang.

note name

rest name

note name

rest name

US

whole note

whole rest

half note

half rest

UK

semibreve

semibreve rest

minim

minim rest

ES

redonda

silencio de redonda

blanca

silencio de blanca

IT

semibreve

pause di semibreve

minima

pausa di minima

FR

ronde

pause

blanche

demi-pause

DE

ganze Note

ganze Pause

halbe Note

halbe Pause

NL

hele noot

hele rust

halve noot

halve rust

DK

helnode

helnodespause

halvnode

halvnodespause

SE

helnot

helpaus

halvnot

halvpaus

FI

kokonuotti

kokotauko

puolinuotti

puolitauko

Lang.

note name

rest name

note name

rest name

US

quarter note

quarter rest

eighth note

eighth rest

UK

crotchet

crotchet rest

quaver

quaver rest

ES

negra

silencio de negra

corchea

silencio de corchea

IT

semiminima, nera

pausa di semiminima, pausa di nera

croma

pausa di croma

FR

noire

soupir*

croche*

demi-soupir

DE

Viertelnote

Viertelpause

Achtelnote

Achtelpause

NL

kwartnoot

kwartrust

achtste noot

achtste rust

DK

fjerdedelsnode

fjerdedelspause

ottendedelsnode

ottendedelspause

SE

fjärdedelsnot

fjärdedelspaus

åttondelsnot

åttondelspaus

FI

neljäsosanuotti

neljäsosatauko

kahdeksasosanuotti

kahdeksasosatauko

* 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:

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 name

Rest name

Abbr.

US

sixteenth note

sixteenth rest

16th note

UK

semiquaver

semiquaver rest

-

ES

semicorchea

silencio de semicorchea

-

IT

semicroma

pausa di semicroma

-

FR

double croche

quart de soupir

-

DE

Sechzehntelnote

Sechzehntelpause

16tel-Note

NL

zestiende noot

zestiende rust

16e noot

DK

sekstendedelsnode

sekstendedelspause

-

SE

sextondelsnot

sextondelspaus

-

FI

kuudestoistaosanuotti

kuudestoistaosatauko

16-osanuotti

Lang.

Note name

Rest name

Abbr.

US

thirty-second note

thirty-second rest

32nd note

UK

demisemiquaver

demisemiquaver rest

-

ES

fusa

silencio de fusa

-

IT

biscroma

pausa di biscroma

-

FR

triple croche

huitième de soupir

-

DE

Zweiunddreißigstelnote

Zweiunddreißigstelpause

32tel-Note

NL

tweeendertigste noot

tweeendertigste rust

32e noot

DK

toogtredivtedelsnode

toogtredivtedelspause

-

SE

trettiotvåondelsnot

trettiotvåondelspaus

-

FI

kolmaskymmeneskahdesosanuotti

kolmaskymmeneskahdesosatauko

32-osanuotti

Lang.

Note name

Rest name

Abbr.

US

sixty-fourth note

sixty-fourth rest

64th note

UK

hemidemisemiquaver

hemidemisemiquaver rest

-

ES

semifusa

silencio de semifusa

-

IT

semibiscroma

pausa di semibiscroma

-

FR

quadruple croche

seizième de soupir

-

DE

Vierundsechzigstelnote

Vierundsechzigstelpause

64tel-Note

NL

vierenzestigste noot

vierenzestigste rust

64e noot

DK

fireogtredsindstyvendedelsnode

fireogtredsindstyvendedelspause

-

SE

sextiofjärdedelsnot

sextiofjärdedelspaus

-

FI

kuudeskymmenesneljäsosanuotti

kuudeskymmenesneljäsosatauko

64-osanuotti

Lang.

Note name

Rest name

Abbr.

US

one-hundred-twenty-eighth note

one-hundred-twenty-eighth rest

128th note

UK

semihemidemisemiquaver

semihemidemisemiquaver rest

-

ES

garrapatea

silencio de garrapatea

-

IT

fusa

pausa di fusa

-

FR

quintuple croche

trente-deuxième de soupir

-

DE

Hundertachtundzwanzigstelnote

Hundertachtundzwanzigstelpause

128tel-Note

NL

honderdachtentwintigste noot

honderdachtentwintigste rust

128e noot

DK

hundredeotteogtyvendedelsnode

hundredeotteogtyvendedelspause

-

SE

hundratjugoåttondelsnot

hundratjugoåttondelspaus

-

FI

sadaskahdeskymmeneskahdeksasosanuotti

sadaskahdeskymmeneskahdeksasosatauko

128-osanuotti

Lang.

Note name

Rest name

Abbr.

US

two-hundred-fifty-sixth note

two-hundred-fifty-sixth rest

256th note

UK

demisemihemidemisemiquaver

demisemihemidemisemiquaver rest

-

ES

semigarrapatea

silencio de semigarrapatea

-

IT

semifusa

pausa di semifusa

-

FR

sextuple croche

soixante-quatrième de soupir

-

DE

Zweihundertsechsundfünfzigstelnote

Zweihundertsechsundfünfzigstelpause

256tel-Note

NL

tweehonderdzesenvijftigste noot

tweehonderdzesenvijftigste rust

256e noot

DK

tohundredeseksoghalvtredsendedelsnode

tohundredeseksoghalvtredsendedelspause

-

SE

tvåhundrafemtiosjättedelsnot

tvåhundrafemtiosjättedelspaus

-

FI

kahdessadasviideskymmeneskuudesosanuotti

kahdessadasviideskymmeneskuudesosatauko

256-osanuotti

See also

mensural notation


Music glossary