Definition of crotchet in English:
1 Music , British A note having the time value of a quarter of a semibreve or half a minim, represented by a large solid dot with a plain stem. Also called quarter note.
- The process was simple: composers strictly followed the metre of the verse, setting long, accented syllables as minims, and short, unaccented ones as crotchets.
- In this connection it is noteworthy that the violins in bars 3-4 play in dotted crotchets, the three-eight equivalent of the original dotted minims.
- Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.
2A perverse or unfounded belief or notion: the natural crotchets of inveterate bachelors
More example sentences
- It would seem a purposeless and even cruel task to recount in some five hundred pages the cranks and crotchets of a great mind, but there is the personal Russell to be chronicled.