Klarinet Archive  Posting 000348.txt from 1995/01
From: "David A. GILMAN" <DAGILMAN@.EDU> Subj: Octave Nomenclature Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 15:36:50 0500
Just a word about specifying octaves in print:
Some of the books I've read show various ways to indicate the octave in which a
note occurs. Here are a couple of them.
TREBLE:
middle c through b above c'  b' OR C4  B4 ("oneline octave")
3rd space c through b above c'' b'' OR C5  B5 ("twoline octave")
2nd ledger line c through
b above c'''  b''' OR C6  B6 ("threeline octave")
and so forth.
BASS:
2nd space c through b above c  b OR C3  B3 ("small octave")
2nd ledger line c through
b above C  B OR C2  B2 ("great octave")
the octave below this C'  B' OR C1  B1 ("contra octave")
the octave below that C'' B'' OR C0  B0 ("sub contra octave")
For example, "throat G" could be written as g' or G4. "Altissimo F#" could be
written as f'''# or F#6. [The numbers in the second system are usually written
as subscripts.]
I am writing this now to clear up any confusion about my use of the single
quotation mark with note letter names in my previous postings. I hope it does.
David Gilman


