Thirty-second note

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Four thirty-second notes beamed together.
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Whole noteHalf noteQuarter noteEighth noteSixteenth noteThirty-second note
Comparison of duple note values (whole note = 2×half note, etc.).

In music, a thirty-second note (American) or demisemiquaver (British) is a note played for 1/32 of the duration of a whole note (or semibreve). It lasts half as long as a sixteenth note (or semiquaver) and twice as long as a sixty-fourth note (or hemidemisemiquaver).

Thirty-second notes are notated with an oval, filled-in note head and a straight note stem with three flags or beams.[1] As with all notes with stems, thirty-second notes are drawn with stems to the right of the notehead, facing up, when they are below the middle line of the musical staff. When they are on or above the middle line, they are drawn with stems on the left of the note head, facing down. Flags are always on the right side of the stem, and curve to the right. On stems facing up, the flags start at the top and curve down; for downward facing stems, the flags start at the bottom of the stem and curve up. When multiple thirty-second notes or eighth notes (or sixteenth notes, etc.) are next to each other, the flags may be connected with a beam. Similar rules apply to smaller divisions such as sixty-fourth notes.

A related symbol is the thirty-second rest or demisemiquaver rest (shown to the right), which denotes a silence for the same duration.

The names of this note (and rest) in European and non-European languages vary greatly:

Languagenote namerest name
Chinese三十二分音符三十二分休止符
Dutchtweeëndertigste noottweeëndertigste rust
Frenchtriple-crochehuitième de soupir
GermanZweiunddreißigstelnoteZweiunddreißigstelpause
Italianbiscromapausa di biscroma
Korean32분음표32분쉼표
Norwegiantrettitodelsnotetrettitodelspause
Polishtrzydziestodwójkapauza trzydziestodwójkowa
Portuguesefusapausa de fusa
Russianтридцать вторая нотатридцать вторая пауза
Serbiantridesetdvojin(k)a / тридесетдвојин(к)аtridesetdvojinska pauza / тридесетдвојинска пауза
Spanishfusasilencio de fusa

"Fusa" derives from the mensural notation corresponding to the modern eighth note.

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