1.179 maxima

ES: ?, I: ?, F: ?, D: ?, NL: ?, DK: ?, S: ?, FI: ?.

Note value: twice the length of a longa.

The maxima is the largest duration in use during the 15th and 16th centuries. Like the longa, the maxima can be either two or three times as long as the longa (called binary and ternary, respectively). By the late 15th century, most composers used the smaller proportion by default.

See also

Duration names notes and rests, longa, note value.


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