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How many notes are in the Westminster chime?

Last Updated: 27th April, 2021

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The tune that Big Ben plays contains only four notes – G sharp, F sharp, E and B – and different parts of the tune are played at quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour in Westminster.

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Keeping this in view, what are the notes for Westminster Chimes?

The Westminster Quarters is the most common name for a clock chime melody used by a set of four bells to chime on each quarter-hour.

The notes used are:

  • G♯4, F♯4, E4, B.
  • E4, G♯4, F♯4, B.
  • E4, F♯4, G♯4, E.
  • G♯4, E4, F♯4, B.
  • B3, F♯4, G♯4, E.

Furthermore, how do Westminster chimes work? Now famous because of their adoption at Westminster, they are known as the Westminster Chimes. The bells are tuned to the key of F major with the hour bell (Big Ben) sounding note E. In the case of Big Ben however, the sequence of cams on the barrel repeats three times, so the barrel rotates once every 1.5 hours.

Also to know is, what does Westminster chime mean?

Definition of Westminster chimes. : clock chimes on four bells or gongs fashioned after the tune of the chimes on the House of Parliament clock in London.

Does Big Ben chime on the hour?

The name Big Ben originally referred to just the bell but now it encompasses the clock, the tower and the bell. Big Ben chimes on the hour and has quarter bells that chime every fifteen minutes.

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