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grace note (plural grace notes)

  1. (music) A musical note written in smaller print, with or without a slash through it, to indicate that its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the measure.
    • 1683, John Playford, An Introduction To The Skill of Musick: In Three Books, page 47:
      The Trill being the most usual Grace, is usually made in Closes, Cadences, and when on a long Note Exclamation or Passion is expressed, there the Trill is made in the latter part of such Note; but most usually upon binding Notes and such Notes as precede the closing Note.
    • 1833, Louis Spohr, Louis Spohr's Grand Violin School: From the Original German:
      Most of these embellishments are played very quickly, in order that the note, before which they are placed, and to which they are added as grace notes, may lose but little of its value.
    • 2012, Michel Merhej, Classical Riqq Technique, page 54:
      There are an infinite number of fingering combinations that can be used to play grace notes, and they are all dependent on both the hand position you are playing in and the combination of notes preceding the grace note(s).
  2. (figuratively) A concern of secondary importance.
    • 2006, Pat Righelato, Understanding Rita Dove, page 110:
      These concerns, often given mythic expression, explore the common human element in diverse experience: the poet touches the grace notes of famous and unknown lives, past and present.
    • 2013, Sarah Kovac, In Capable Arms: Living a Life Embraced by Grace, page 38:
      But what I know now is that even if the feelings do return, I can wait them out, and, indeed, pain that appears to be despairing and murderous may actually contain—if I listen very carefully—a grace note of hope or consolation from God.



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