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Becarre, Bemol

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Sauter de bécarre en bémol (French), to jump from one subject to another without regard to pertinence; “Sauter du coq à lʹane,” from Genesis to Revelation. Literally, to jump from sharps to flats. Becarre is the Latin B quadratum or B quarré. In old musical notation B sharp was expressed by a square B, and B flat by a round B.

⁂ Bémol is B mollis, soft (flat).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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