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?

5
  • 3
    Welcome to the world of "musical terms in different languages" :-) . Wait 'til you have to learn German, French, and English tempo notations. Sep 25, 2015 at 12:42
  • And of course Italian.
    – user1044
    Sep 25, 2015 at 16:08
  • 1
    I wasn't really moll-ified until I learned minor.
    – thrig
    Sep 25, 2015 at 17:11
  • Possible duplicate of Why note B is marked with H in Scandinavia and Germany?
    – Neil Meyer
    Oct 4, 2015 at 18:35
  • 2
    The answers are similar, but these are very different questions.
    – Karen
    Oct 4, 2015 at 19:02

1 Answer 1

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').

6
  • 1
    This is even more confusing than Si ( = B) which is pronounced like C (= Do) Sep 25, 2015 at 13:28
  • 2
    ...And the opposite (minor) is molle, sometimes shortened to mol. Sep 25, 2015 at 15:38
  • @Shevliaskovic In most languages, C is not pronounced like Si, at least not in German. Sep 25, 2015 at 20:56
  • @el.pescado in most languages or in German? In English speaking ones, it does Sep 25, 2015 at 22:15
  • @el.pescado - well, at least, tell us how it IS pronounced!
    – Tim
    Jul 24, 2016 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.