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top note

noun

1The highest or a very high note in a piece of music or a singer’s vocal range: she responded with some of her most skilful top notes
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  • He voices the top notes of the chords, playing the other notes noticeably quieter.
  • The top note of the chord identifies major, while the middle note identifies minor.
  • I thought, during the interval, someone might have had a quiet word, but the noise level kept rising, until by the final number, a dramatic rendition of Monteverdi's Ed e puer dunque vero, her top notes could have cut through steel.
2A dominant scent in a perfume: fragrant musk with a fresh citrus top note
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  • Although it delivers a lively, spiralling peat twist, the dominant top notes are red fruits and peppery spice.
  • Is there a conspiracy, a kind of Masonic handshake between design houses and perfume-makers, that each new fragrance has to have clean citrus top notes, floral heart notes and a base of edible, comforting warmth?
  • The perfumers preference, is for a grain based alcohol to produce the ethereal and elusive top notes of fine perfumes.

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