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Re: do these notes exist?

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: do these notes exist?
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 07:15:38 -0700

On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:10:14 +0100
"Francisco Vila" <address@hidden> wrote:

> 2008/3/24, Kieren MacMillan <address@hidden>:
> > This would arise "naturally" -- if you'll pardon the pun -- as the
> >  (diminished) seventh of a G-flat diminished seventh chord:
> >
> >      <ges beses deses feses>
> This chord is exactly as common as the \key aeses \minor (14 flats)
> signature.

Not so -- at least, not in Western orchestral music.  I've never
seen a key signature with more than 7 sharps or flats (other than
possibly once or twice in 20th century music theory classes), but
I've often seen notes with double flats or double sharps.

Wagner uses a lot of them.  It's not uncommon at all in late
Romantic music.

... of course, now somebody is bound to point out an instance of
this occuring in Mozart or Handel or some other non-Romantic
composer.  :)

- Graham

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