This is a list for numbers that have to do with sound or music.

Compositions

Number Significance
0 Number of notes in John Cage’s 4’33’’[1][2][3]
4 Notes in the opening theme of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony[4][5]
9 Symphonies composed by Ludwig van Beethoven[6]
12 Movements in Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons[7][8][9]
24 Caprices written by Niccolò Paganini[10][11]
68 Number of works Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart wrote that can be considered symphonies[12]
100+ Symphonies composed by Franz Joseph Haydn[13][14]
500+ Verses in Chris Butler’s song The Devil Glitch[15][16]
639 Length in years of ORGAN2/ASLAP by John Cage as is being performed in Halberstadt[17]
810 Number of semiquaver notes in Flight of the Bumblebee[18][19]
840 Number of times theme in Erik Satie’s Vexations is repeated[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]
48,212 Length of P C III’s The Rise and Fall of Bossanova in seconds[28][29][30]
2,927,162 Notes in Sir Spork’s black MIDI cover of Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King[31]

Ensembles and multiple instruments

Number of instruments Significance
1 Number of people for a performance to be a solo[32]
2 Minimum number of people required to play a duet[33]
4 Number of instruments/performers in a string quartet[34]
5 Number of instruments/performers in a string quintet[35]
106 Musicians in the New York Philharmonic[36]
512 Number of surviving Stradovarius violins[37][38]
8,688 Participants in largest gospel choir on October 12, 2015[39]
21,262 Participants in largest gospel choir on May 22, 2016[40]
121,440 Participants in the largest recorded choir[41]

Frequencies

Frequency, in cycles per second (Hertz, Hz) Significance
~1.6175 fHz or ~1.6175 x 10-15 Hz ~Bb-54, lowest discovered soundwave in the universe[42][43]
~2.95 mHz or ~0.0295 Hz Eb-10, the note whose partial overtone series inspired the tuning for in Le Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano[44][45]
0.189 Hz ~G-7, a note Tim Storms is said to have hit[46] (albeit under a very questionable criteria[47])
1 - 20 Hz Range of elephant rumbles[48][49][50][51]
8.17 Hz C-1, the pitch of the 64’ stop in the The Boardwalk Hall Auditorium Organ[52][53][54]
16.35 Hz C0, the lowest note on both an Imperial Bösendorfer[55][56] and a hyperbass flute[57][58]
17.32 Hz C#0/Db0, the lowest open string on a contrabass guitar[59]
18-19 Hz ~D0, resonant frequency of the human eyeball[60][61][62]
~20 Hz Lower threshold of human hearing[63]
23 Hz F#0/Gb0, lowest calls from the Dwarf Cassowaries[64][65][66]
24.5 Hz G0, J.D. Sumner's lowest recorded note at an Elvis concert in 1976[67][68]
27.5 Hz A0, the lowest note on most grand pianos[69]
30.87 Hz B0, lowest open stringed note on a 5-stringed double bass[70]
32.7 Hz C1, lowest possible note on a cello using sub-harmonics[71] and Mikhail Zlatopolsky’s lowest note in Mikhail Zlatopolsky & The Don Kosaken Choir’s Prayer for the Dead[72]
38.89 Hz D#1/Eb1, the lowest bass notes in DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s -- Turn Down for What[73]
41.2 Hz E1, lowest open stringed note on a 4-stringed double bass[74][75]
43.65 Hz F1, Barry White’s lowest note in Love Is The Icon[76][77]
52 Hz ~G#1/Ab1, the frequency of the vocalizations of a solitary whale that has been consistently heard through the years - nicknamed "the world's loneliest whale" [78][79]
55 Hz A1, the lowest note in Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t Gonna Hobo No More”[80][81]
58.27 Hz Bb1, the lowest note of the 5th movement of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil[82][83]
65.41 Hz C2, lowest open stringed note on a cello[84]
82.41 Hz E2, lowest and first open string on a six-string guitar[85]
98 Hz G2, lowest possible note on a violin using sub-harmonics[86][87][88]
130.81 Hz C3, lowest open stringed note on a viola[89]
196 Hz G3, lowest open stringed note on a violin[90][91]
261.626 Hz C4[92], and the lowest note playable on a bass ocarina[93]
421 Hz - 578 Hz Range of mean frequency buzzes of female mosquitos[94]
440 Hz A4 or A440 is a musical tuning standard by which musical instruments are often tuned[95][96]
531 Hz - 832 Hz Range of mean frequency buzzes of male mosquito[97]
659.25 Hz E5, the highest note in A-ha’s Take On Me[98][99] and highest open string on a 4-stringed violin[100]
932.33 Hz A#5/Bb5, the pitch of the opening scream in Slayer’s Angel of Death[101] and the highest note in Bohemian Rhapsody[102][103][104]
1,000 Hz or 1 kHz B5~C6, a frequency most commonly used to censor swears in televised shows[105]
1,150 Hz ~D6, a tone that has been mystifying residents of Forest Grove, Oregon[106][107][108][109]
4,186 Hz C8, the highest note on a grand piano[110]
5,423 Hz E8, currently the highest note sung by a male[111][112]
7,040 Hz A8, currently the highest recorded whistle by a human[113][114]
8,000 - 10,000 Hz Song range of the Blackpoll Warbler[115][116]
8,371 Hz C9, highest note on many pipe organs[117][118]
15,734 Hz Frequency of the flyback transformer in NTSC analog TV monitors[119][120]
~20,000 Hz or 20 kHz Upper threshold of human hearing[121]
2.5 MHz - 15 MHz or 2,500,000 Hz - 15,000,000 Hz Frequency of medical ultrasound transducers[122]
~ 1 THz - 10 THz or ~1,000,000,000,000 Hz - ~10,000,000,000,000 Hz Trumpet notes in Tom Johnson’s Celestial Music for Imaginary Trumpets[123]
2.1037 x 1037 Hz Absolute upper bound for producable frequencies within the universe[124]

Instrument components

Number Significance
2 Keyboards in 2-manual harpsichords[125][126]
26 Sets of strings in a typical Qanun[127]
47 Number of strings in a concert grand pedal harp[128][129][130]
78 Total number of strings in an average Qanun[131]
88 Number of keys in grand concert piano[132]
97 Number of keys in an Imperial Bösendorfer[133]
108 Number of keys in a Stuart & Sons grand piano[134]
164 Keys in a Steinway & Sons 2-manuel piano[135][136]
33,112 Pipes in the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall organ[137][138][139]

Polyrhythms

Polyrhythm Occurrence
1:4 Charles Valentin Alkan’s “Le Chemin de Fer”[140][141]
2:3 Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No.1[142] and opening of Philip Glass’ Glassworks[143]
3:4 Fake Empire by The National[144][145][146]

Volume

Volume, in decibels (dB) What
-20.6 dB Microsoft’s anechoic chamber in Redmond, Washington[147]
0 dB Lower limit of hearing for humans[148][149]
120 dB - 140 dB Jet engine[150][151]
172 dB Eruption of Krakatoa from 100 miles away[152][153]
220 dB Saturn V rocketship taking off[154][155]
1,470 dB SCP-498 if allowed to sound alarm for an hour[156][157]

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