3

I found this sheet music for a quartet by Haydn:

Picture of sheet music

As you can see, on the cover it says B♭ major/ B-Dur / Si♭ majeur.

I can understand the first and the third terms, but is B-Dur another way of saying B♭? And why?

  • 3
    Welcome to the world of "musical terms in different languages" :-) . Wait 'til you have to learn German, French, and English tempo notations. – Carl Witthoft Sep 25 '15 at 12:42
  • And of course Italian. – user1044 Sep 25 '15 at 16:08
  • 1
    I wasn't really moll-ified until I learned minor. – thrig Sep 25 '15 at 17:11
  • Possible duplicate of Why note B is marked with H in Scandinavia and Germany? – Neil Meyer Oct 4 '15 at 18:35
  • 2
    The answers are similar, but these are very different questions. – Karen Oct 4 '15 at 19:02
18

B is the German name for Bb (B natural is called H). Then "Dur" is the German for "major" (which again is really from Italian 'duro').

  • 1
    This is even more confusing than Si ( = B) which is pronounced like C (= Do) – Shevliaskovic Sep 25 '15 at 13:28
  • 2
    ...And the opposite (minor) is molle, sometimes shortened to mol. – CharlieHanson Sep 25 '15 at 15:38
  • @Shevliaskovic In most languages, C is not pronounced like Si, at least not in German. – el.pescado Sep 25 '15 at 20:56
  • @el.pescado in most languages or in German? In English speaking ones, it does – Shevliaskovic Sep 25 '15 at 22:15
  • @el.pescado - well, at least, tell us how it IS pronounced! – Tim Jul 24 '16 at 6:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.