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Quadruple meter | A meter of four beats to a measure.

Quadruple stop | The sound of four strings played at once on a violin or similar stringed instrument.

Quadruplet | A group of four notes to be performed in the time of three or six (indicated by a bracket and the number 4).

Quartal harmony | A type of harmony that uses chords built on fourths, as opposed to seconds (secundal) or thirds (tertian); used in some twentieth century music.

Quarter note | A note with one-fourth the duration of a whole note, or half the duration of a half note; a basic note value in music; often used to indicate the beat. (Also crotchet.)

Quarter rest | A rest with one-fourth the duration of a whole rest, or half the duration of a quarter rest. (Also crotchet rest.)

Quarter tone | A microtonal interval of half a semitone.

Quartet | A group of four musicians. Also a composition written for four voices or instruments.

Quasi | A general term that means ‘almost’ or ‘apparently but not really.’

Quaver | (See eighth note.)

Quaver rest | (See eighth rest.)

Quintet | A group of five musicians. Also a composition written for five voices or instruments.

Quintuplet | A group of five notes to be performed in the time of three or four (indicated by a bracket and the number 5).

Quotation | A short musical passage taken from one piece of music and used in another. (See also sampling.)

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