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word or phrase to add to your army.
Before we get down to business, I must declare emphatically how much I absolutely love this word! It is so much fun to say, if you don't trip over your tongue in the process.
Now, as to what, exactly, it means—here goes: this is one of the fastest notes in music. It is a hundred-twenty-eighth note. So a semihemidemisemiquaver is 128 times faster than a whole note!
Most music you probably study in school is rooted in whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and a few eighth notes. I'm not going to pretend I know music, only that I love to listen to it. But I will tell you I know math and a sixteenth note is fast, a thirty-second note is really fast, a sixty-fourth (hemidemisemiquaver) is extremely fast, and a hundred-twenty-eighth note (semihemidemisemiquaver) is darn near impossibly fast!
To show you an example, here is the great Daniel Barenboim playing Beethoven's Sonata No. 8, C Minor, Opus 13—Pathetique. It begins slowly and just after the two-minute mark, it takes off into space at a rate of speed you won't even be able to detect. Watch this man's fingers as he "tickles" the ivories, as some would say.
Can you even believe how fast that is? I can't!
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."