Come on, there has to be a simple way to do this, i only need a chord nothing else - seems wasteful and unnecessary to download so many externals just for that - also most of them are OS X only and I need crossplatform compatibility.
Near the end of the first movement of Beethoven's string quartet in C# minor, Op. 131, there is a long, low B# in the cello part. Here, the B# is being used, as stringtapper said, as the leading tone to C#.
The note gives some people pause because the lowest note of a cello is C. However, as leafcutter points out, B# is really just another way of spelling C.
Except that it's not. David Soyer, cellist for the Guarneri String Quartet, points out that in order to play this particular note in tune in its context, he has to put his finger on the fingerboard right next to the nut, reducing the effective length of the string by 1/4 inch or so, to make the pitch just slightly sharp compared with an accurate C natural.
@Michael Sperone: Yeah, MUCH more involved. Still, it is crossplatform, and I guess it's better because it allows me maneuvering space for further development, and you can get Maestro font for free with Finale NotePad, also crossplatform. I'll try to wrap my head around it, thanks.
@mzed: heh :) unfortunately I'm not exactly a capable programmer so I'm trying to whip up some custom education tools for music theory which unfortunately still relies on traditional harmony, no matter how much I actually agree with your notion.
@Roman: there I go looking for B-slider object. Sleep time obviously...
NSlider was meant for MIDI, and MIDI doesn't recognize B-sharp as something inherently different from C-natural.
B-sharp and C-natural are close, but not identical. For most MIDI-heads, they're close enough for rock-n-roll.
To make matters worse, the question of whether B-sharp is higher or lower than C-natural depends on whom you ask and the context it's in. Soyer (and, indeed, practically all traditionally trained string and wind players) hear the B-sharp as a leading tone to C-sharp, and play it sharper than C-natural. But in just intonation, B-sharp is actually a little flatter than C-natural. And on a keyboard instrument, you just play a C and hope no one will notice;-)