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This task is simple: Write a program or function that outputs the list of all musical notes (using English note names) from A♭ to G♯.

All notes without a name consisting of a single letter (i.e. black notes on a musical keyboard) should have their name printed twice, once as the sharp of a note, once as the flat of one. Sharp or flat notes that can be described with a single letter, like B♯ (C) or F♭ (E) should not be outputted.

Here is an example of the output:

Ab, A, A#, Bb, B, C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#

Specifications

  • The program or function must not take any input.

  • The notes may be printed in any order, and in any list output permitted by our standard I/O rules

  • The sharp and flat Unicode symbols (♯/♭) may be substituted with b and #

  • As always, Standard loopholes are forbidden.

  • As this is , the smallest program, in bytes, wins.

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  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ related \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Allan Aug 14 at 22:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ May we output "C " instead of "C"? \$\endgroup\$ – Arnauld Aug 14 at 22:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Arnauld yes you may \$\endgroup\$ – TheOnlyMrCat Aug 14 at 23:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ By the way, B# exists in music notation; it's for example in the key signature for the key of C#, where it serves as the leading tone. \$\endgroup\$ – Kaz Aug 14 at 23:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't know, it feels like Cb is missing here ;) \$\endgroup\$ – AJFaraday Aug 15 at 11:31

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Malbolge, 482 370 353 bytes

R1: Removed commas inbetween (as not required by the challenge)

R2: Shave off a few bytes

('<;_#!=6Z|{8xUwvt,PrqonKmk)"FhCUTdb?`+<;:[Z7YtVU2T|/g-O+i(gJrHc#EC~B{@zZxw:tt'r5Qo"!l/K-hUfe?bP``_Lo~[}|X2VCTR3Q+N`_^9+7Hji3ffdAc~w|u;]\wpon4VUSSQ.PONcb(JI^]#DCYX|@?>=<:u9NMRKo32MFj.C,Ae)>'<%:^"!~5:3WxwwuRts0q(Lnml)"Fhgfe"y?a`_zyxq7YXWlUj0RgfkjMb(JI^c\[Z~BAV?T=Rv987Mq44310FEi-,G@)>b&%#"8=6Z{{yyw/Sut1*)('Km$k(!Efe{zyx>`uz]r8ZXnm3TTih.PkNchg`&HFF[DY}Az

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CP-1610 assembly (Intellivision), 31 DECLEs1 = 39 bytes

A routine taking an output pointer in R4 and writing the notes there, separated with spaces. In the example code, we write directly to the screen.

Hex dump (routine only)

275 001 2BD 03C 048 1DB 2B8 012 044 2A9 2BA 108 078 201 003 262
261 263 2FA 008 37A 140 225 00B 089 22C 011 2B7 018 210 000

Full source

                ROMW    10              ; use 10-bit ROM width
                ORG     $4800           ; map this program at $4800

                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
                ;;  test code                                                    ;;
                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
4800            SDBD                    ; set up an interrupt service routine
4801            MVII    #isr,     R0    ; to do some minimal STIC initialization
4804            MVO     R0,       $100
4806            SWAP    R0
4807            MVO     R0,       $101

4809            EIS                     ; enable interrupts

480A            MVII    #$200,    R4    ; R4 = backtab pointer
480C            CALL    notes           ; invoke our routine

480F            DECR    R7              ; loop forever

                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
                ;;  ISR                                                          ;;
                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
      isr       PROC

4810            MVO     R0,       $0020 ; enable display

4812            CLRR    R0
4813            MVO     R0,       $0030 ; no horizontal delay
4815            MVO     R0,       $0031 ; no vertical delay
4817            MVO     R0,       $0032 ; no border extension
4819            MVII    #$D,      R0
481B            MVO     R0,       $0028 ; light-blue background
481D            MVO     R0,       $002C ; light-blue border

481F            JR      R5              ; return from ISR

                ENDP

                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
                ;;  routine                                                      ;;
                ;; ------------------------------------------------------------- ;;
      notes     PROC

4820            PSHR    R5              ; save return address

4821            SDBD                    ; R5 = pointer to @@chr
4822            MVII    #@@chr,   R5
4825            CLRR    R3              ; R3 = 0 (space)
4826            MVII    #$12,     R0    ; R0 = bitmask = $12
4828            SWAP    R0,       2     ; extend it to $1212

4829  @@loop    MVI@    R5,       R1    ; R1 = next symbol
482A            MVII    #('A'-32)*8, R2 ; R2 = 'A' character

482C  @@note    SARC    R0              ; right shift the bitmask
482D            BC      @@next          ; skip this note if the carry is set

482F            MVO@    R2,       R4    ; append the note
4830            MVO@    R1,       R4    ; append the symbol
4831            MVO@    R3,       R4    ; append a space

4832  @@next    ADDI    #8,       R2    ; advance to the next note
4834            CMPI    #('H'-32)*8, R2 ; is it now a 'H'?
4836            BLT     @@note          ; if not, process the inner loop

4838            TSTR    R1              ; was the symbol a space?
4839            BNEQ    @@loop          ; if not, process the outer loop

483B            PULR    R7              ; return

483C  @@chr     DECLE   ('#'-32)*8      ; '#'
483D            DECLE   ('b'-32)*8      ; 'b'
483E            DECLE   0               ; space

                ENDP

Output

output

screenshot from jzIntv


1. A CP-1610 opcode is encoded with a 10-bit value, known as a 'DECLE'. This routine is 31 DECLEs long, starting at $4820 and ending at $483E (included).

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Python 3, 50 bytes

print(*map(''.join,zip(3*'ADGBCEF',7*' '+5*'#b')))

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Python 2: 48 bytes

This code can be adjusted as to include B# and Cb, at the cost of no additional bytes. This can be achieved by replacing 5 with 6.


Additionally, it is (finally) shorter than just outputting the plain string:

Python 3, 51 bytes

exit('Ab A A# Bb B C C# Db D D# Eb E F F# Gb G G#')

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Python 2: 50 bytes

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a very creative solution \$\endgroup\$ – TheOnlyMrCat Aug 15 at 7:46
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05AB1E, 16 15 13 bytes

Au…b #âŽ7×bûÏ

-2 bytes thanks to @maxb.

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Outputs as a list, where the single-char notes are with a trailing space.

Explanation:

Au             # Push the lowercase alphabet, and uppercase it
  …b #         # Push string "b #"
      â        # Take the cartesian product of both strings to create all possible pairs:
               #  ["Ab","A ","A#","Bb","B ","B#",...,"Zb","Z ","Z#"]
       Ž7×     # Push compressed integer 1999
          b    # Convert it to a binary string "11111001111"
           û   # Palindromize it to "111110011111110011111"
            Ï  # Only leave the notes in the list at the truthy values (1), (the trailing
               # items beyond the length of this binary string are also discarded)
               # (after which the result is output implicitly)

See this 05AB1E tip of mine (section How to compress large integers?) to understand why Ž7× is 1999.

Ž7× could alternatively be ₄·< (1000, double, decrease by 1) for the same byte-count.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is the really necessary? Seems to run fine without it. \$\endgroup\$ – maxb Aug 15 at 12:38
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Jelly, 18?* 20 bytes

ØAḣ7µp⁾b#Żs6ḣ€4ẎḊ;W€

A monadic Link returning a list of lists of characters.

* If a mixed list of (a) lists of characters and (b) characters is acceptable remove the trailing W€ for 18.

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How?

ØAḣ7µp⁾b#Żs6ḣ€4ẎḊ;W€ - Link: no argument
ØA                   - list of characters     [A-Z]
  ḣ7                 - head to 7              "ABCDEFG"
    µ                - new monadic link (call that X)
      ⁾b#            - list of characters     "b#"
     p               - Cartesian product      ["Ab","A#","Bb","B#","Cb","C#","Db","D#","Eb","E#","Fb","F#","Gb","G#"]
         Ż           - prepend a zero       [0,"Ab","A#","Bb","B#","Cb","C#","Db","D#","Eb","E#","Fb","F#","Gb","G#"]
          s6         - split into sixes    [[0,"Ab","A#","Bb","B#","Cb"],["C#","Db","D#","Eb","E#","Fb"],["F#","Gb","G#"]]
            ḣ€4      - head each to 4      [[0,"Ab","A#","Bb"],["C#","Db","D#","Eb"],["F#","Gb","G#"]]
               Ẏ     - tighten              [0,"Ab","A#","Bb","C#","Db","D#","Eb","F#","Gb","G#"]
                Ḋ    - dequeue                ["Ab","A#","Bb","C#","Db","D#","Eb","F#","Gb","G#"]
                  W€ - wrap each (of X)       ["A","B","C","D","E","F","G"]
                 ;   - concatenate            ["Ab","A#","Bb","C#","Db","D#","Eb","F#","Gb","G#","A","B","C","D","E","F","G"]
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  • \$\begingroup\$ @mirabilos this is 20 bytes of source code, the Unicode characters each represent a byte of the source code - see the code page linked by the word bytes in the header. \$\endgroup\$ – Jonathan Allan Aug 15 at 18:20
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Retina 0.8.2, 33 bytes


ABCDEFG
.
 $&b $& $&#
 [BE]#...

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ABCDEFG

Insert the base note names.

.
 $&b $& $&#

Expand each note to include flat and sharp versions.

 [BE]#...

Delete B#, E# and also the notes following them (Cb and Eb).

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Perl 6, 41 bytes

{S:g/[E|B]\#...//}o{'A'..'G'X~'b #'.comb}

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Simple cross product of the notes and the sharps/flats, followed by removing the extra invalid notes. This is an anonymous code block that produces the string:

Ab A  A# Bb B   C  C# Db D  D# Eb E   F  F# Gb G  G#
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R, 50 bytes

cat("Ab,A,A#,Bb,B,C,C#,Db,D,D#,Eb,E,F,F#,Gb,G,G#")

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Boring answer.

R, 60 bytes

cat(outer(LETTERS[1:7],c("#","","b"),paste0)[-c(2,5,17,20)])

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the list of examples of redundant notes isn't meant to be exhaustive--the example output also omits Cb and E#. \$\endgroup\$ – Unrelated String Aug 14 at 22:09
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Charcoal, 21 bytes

Φ⪪⭆…α⁷⭆b #⁺ι벧↨⊖⊘φ²κ

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    α                   Predefined variable uppercase alphabet
   … ⁷                  First 7 letters i.e. `ABCEDFG`
  ⭆                     Map over characters and join
       b #              Literal string `b #`
      ⭆                 Map over characters and join
          ⁺ιλ           Concatenate outer and inner characters
 ⪪           ²          Split back into substrings of length 2
Φ                       Filter where nonzero
                  φ     Predefined variable 1000
                 ⊘      Halved i.e. 500
                ⊖       Decremented i.e 499
               ↨   ²    Converted to base 2 i.e. [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1]
              §     κ   Cyclically indexed by outer index
                        Implicitly print matching values on separate lines
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Japt, 23 22 bytes

;B¯7
ï"b #" fÏÄ %9%8<6

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;B          Alphabet
  ¯7        First seven characters ("ABCDEFG")
            Assign to U
ï"b #"       Cartesian product with "b #" ("Ab,A ,A#,Bb,B ,B#,Cb,C ,C#,Db,D ,D#,Eb,E ,E#,Fb,F ,F#,Gb,G ,G#")
f           Filter:
 ÏÄ           Is index + 1
   %9%8       Mod 9 Mod 8
     <6       Less than 6
            End filter ("Ab,A ,A#,Bb,B ,C ,C#,Db,D ,D#,Eb,E ,F ,F#,Gb,G ,G#")
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Your code contains <6 but it's <5 in the explanation. \$\endgroup\$ – TheOnlyMrCat Aug 16 at 21:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @TheOnlyMrCat Edited \$\endgroup\$ – Embodiment of Ignorance Aug 16 at 22:35
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dzaima/APL REPL, 38 28 25 bytes

(⊤2056111)⌿,' b#'∘.,⍨7↑⎕A

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that you can remove the ⎕←. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Aug 14 at 23:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EriktheOutgolfer hmm yeah, if I switch to REPL \$\endgroup\$ – dzaima Aug 14 at 23:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh right, I forgot to count the {} LOL. \$\endgroup\$ – Erik the Outgolfer Aug 14 at 23:25
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Stax, 17 15 bytes

║♠+I▬┌ó£ΔφΔ`╗╨Å

Run and debug it

Bonus program: print the fancy symbols

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Ruby, 43 bytes

p (2..18).map{|i|"FCGDAEB"[i%7]+"b #"[i/7]}

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With the range 0..20 this would print an array containing all the flats, all the naturals and all the sharps. The undesired ones Fb Cb E# B# are omitted by using the range 2..18

The notes are printed out ordered according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_fifths , or in other words ascending by 7 semitones (a frequency ratio of almost exactly 1.5) each time.

This leads to the note letter order given, in which each note is five degrees inclusive (known as a "fifth") above the previous one. For example F->C is FGABC

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I like that you ascend by fifths. Nice. \$\endgroup\$ – Wayne Conrad Aug 17 at 1:18
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brainfuck, 106 bytes

+++[[-<+>>++<]>]<<[-<->]++<<++<,+<-<[->+>+<<]<+[>>>>>+>-[<.<<<.>.[<]]>[>]<+[---<.<.<.[<]]>[>]<++<.<<.<<<-]

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Outputs each note separated by carriage returns.

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Zsh, 36 bytes

<<<${${(F):-{A..G}{b,,#}}//[BE]#???}

An uglier solution, but it saves two characters. (F) joins a list on newlines, and //[BE]#??? removes the parts of the string we need.

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Zsh, 38 bytes

<<<${${:-{A..G}{b,,#}}:#([BE]#|[CF]b)}

I always enjoy it when Zsh beats Perl (hopefully I don't speak too soon...).

<<<${${:-{A..G}{b,,#}}:#([BE]#|[CF]b)}
     ${:-             }                 # empty-fallback, basically an anonymous parameter expansion
         {A..G}{b,,#}                   # Cross product range A-G with b,(nothing),#
   ${                 :#             }  # Remove matching elements
                        ([BE]#|[CF]b)   # B#, E#, Cb, Fb
<<<                                     # Print to stdout

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Jelly, 21 bytes

ØAḣ7;p¥⁾b#“¿€×Ø‘œPẎẎ€

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Brachylog, 36 bytes

"#b"ẹ,Ẹ↺;Ṇh₇ᵗ↔{∋ᵐc}ᶠ⟨h₅ct₁₄⟩⟨h₁₂ct₅⟩

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I'm currently in the process of brute-forcing the powerset index that would let me get rid of ⟨h₅ct₁₄⟩⟨h₁₂ct₅⟩ (and by extension , since the output doesn't need to be in the same order as the example output), but it's taking quite a while... maybe I should put a minute aside to actually work out what order sublists are generated in, and compute the index that way...

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Canvas, 23 bytes

Z7m{#+¹¹b+]{“╷!↕„2┬²@?P

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22 bytes with extra newlines in the output

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PHP, 65 bytes

Makes the list with a loop. Items are separated by _ with a trailing separator.

for(;$l=ABCDEFG[$i++];)echo$l._.[$a="$l#_",$a.$b=$l.b_,$b][$i%3];

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PHP, 43 bytes

PHP outputs anything as is, when not inside <?php and ?> tags.

Ab,A,A#,Bb,B,C,C#,Db,D,D#,Eb,E,F,F#,Gb,G,G#

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Pyth, 23 21 bytes

s<R7c.>*<r1G7"b #"2 9

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s<R7c.>*<r1G7"b #"2 9   Implicit: G=lowercase alphabet
         r1G            Convert G to upper case
        <   7           First 7 characters
       *     "b #"      Cartesian product with "b #"
     .>           2     Rotate the above 2 places to the right
    c               9   Chop into pieces of length 9
 <R7                    Trim each to length 7
s                       Flatten, implicit print

Edit: Partial rewrite to save 2 bytes, previous version: s%2c*<r1G7"b #"xLG"fhoq Try it online!

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Commodore C64/TheC64 Mini (probably other Commodore 8-bit BASIC variants) - 52 tokenized BASIC bytes

 0?"{CTRL+N}Ab A A# Bb B C C# Db D D# Eb E F F# Gb GG#

Pressing the CTRL key plus N on the C64 keyboard goes into 'business mode' on the character set for upper/lower case characters. We may print this out in a string in one byte / token; and as we have 40 columns, the space from G to G# is not required.

We do not need to close the string in this case as it is not a multi-statemented line with a : separator.

How this looks on a Commodore C64 (and compatibles) screen is shown below.

Commodore 64 musical notes

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Keg, 43 bytes

The string, compressed.

AbAA\#BbBCC\#DbDD\#EbEFF\#GbGG\#(:H<[ $]')'

TIO

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APL (Dyalog Unicode), 45 bytes

2↓(,¨⎕A)⎕R', &'⊢'AbAA#BbBCC#DbDD#EbEFF#GbGG#'

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Simple ⎕Replace operation, prepending , to each element in the string that matches each letter in the ⎕Alphabet, then dropping the first 2 characters, which are ,.

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Brainfuck, 214 Bytes

>>>>++++++++[<++++<++++<++++++++++++<++++++++>>>>-]<<+++<++<+.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<+.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<+.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+

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JavaScript (Node.js), 84 bytes

_=>[...'ABCDEFG'].map((n,i)=>`${i%3!=2?n+'b,':''}${n}${i%3!=1?`,${n}#`:''}`).join`,`

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Just returning the string (as shown below) would be shorter by 36 bytes, but where's the fun in that?

_=>'Ab,A,A#,Bb,B,C,C#,Db,D,D#,Eb,E,F,F#,Gb,G,G#'
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brainfuck, 255 115 bytes

--[----->+<]>-----[<+>>+>+<<-]>>+<<<-[->+++<]>+++[->>>+>+<
<<<]>>>>--->+++++++[-<<<<.>.>>.<<<.>>>.<<<.>>.>.<<<+>>>>]

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    \$\begingroup\$ I would upvote this, but it's wrong. There's no black note between B and C, or between E and F. So you're not supposed to output. B#, Cb, E# or Fb. Also, I don't see anything in the spec about it being OK to use lowercase. \$\endgroup\$ – Level River St Aug 15 at 22:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LevelRiverSt the challenge didn't state anywhere that we don't have notes between B and C & E and F \$\endgroup\$ – Krzysztof Szewczyk Aug 16 at 8:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ All notes without a name consisting of a single letter (i.e. black notes on a musical keyboard) should have their name printed twice, once as the sharp of a note, once as the flat of one. Sharp or flat notes that can be described with a single letter, like B♯ (C) or F♭ (E) should not be outputted. That seems fairly clear to me, and I'm seeing no edit history on the OP on my screen. \$\endgroup\$ – Level River St Aug 16 at 19:53
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Bash 5, 42 bytes

x=`echo {A..G}{b,,#}`;echo ${x//[BE]#???/}

Output:

Ab A A# Bb B C C# Db D D# Eb E F F# Gb G G#
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Perl 5, 47 41 bytes

say for'AbA#DbD#GbG#BbEbC#F#'=~/../g,A..G

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T-SQL, 124 bytes

SELECT value+a
FROM STRING_SPLIT('A-B-C-D-E-F-G','-')
    ,(VALUES('b'),(''),('#'))b(a)
WHERE value+a NOT IN ('B#','E#','Cb','Fb')

Line breaks are for display purposes only.

Longer but much more interesting than the trivial version (50 bytes):

PRINT'Ab,A,A#,Bb,B,C,C#,Db,D,D#,Eb,E,F,F#,Gb,G,G#'
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Z80Golf, 31 29 bytes

00000000: 9d5b dc6d df7f 0603 3e40 d13c cb3a 3008  .[.m....>@.<.:0.
00000010: fff5 7b2f ffaf fff1 20f1 10ec 76         ..{/.... ...v

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Explanation:

Z80Golf is just a simple fantasy machine based on the Z80 8-bit CPU. The program is loaded at memory location 0x0000, and the rest of the memory is filled with zeroes. Output is done by calling 0x8000, which will output the value of register A as a character.

The program starts with the data that will be processed, 6 bytes in total. Each pair of bytes specifies a note suffix, and a bitmask controlling which of the letters can be combined with this note. To save bytes, the suffix character is inverted (xor 0xff) -- this allows the data to be executed as instructions with little side effects, making it possible to remove a jump that skips this data:

               ;    GFEDCBA
    db 0xff^'b', 0b01011011 ; Ab Bb Db Eb Gb
    db 0xff^'#', 0b01101101 ; A# C# D# F# G#
    db 0xff^' ', 0b01111111 ; A  B  C  D  E  F  G
skip_data:

This is how the CPU decodes this:

    sbc a, l  ; a subtraction with carry on registers we don't care about
    ld e, e   ; put the E register back into itself. This instruction is useless
              ; but still exists to make the encoding regular.
    call c, 0xdf6d ; if the carry flag is set, call a function. The carry flag isn't set
              ; because of the initial register values (all zeroes) when the sbc above
              ; was executed
    ld a, a   ; as above, put A back into itself.

This data is read two bytes at a time into the DE register pair. The stack pointer is used to point to the next element. It starts out at 0, and because the Z80 uses a full, descending stack, any pops will read the next data pair -- all stack operations are 16-bit.

The outer loop is implemented with a decrementing counter in the B register, for which the Z80 provides special support in the form of the djnz instruction:

    ld b, 3
process_pair:
    ...
    djnz process_pair
    halt

The current letter is held in the A register. Because the increment fits well at the start of the loop, we load one less than the actual start value of A:

process_pair:
    ld a, 'A'-1
    pop de ; D = bitmask, E = suffix character
process_note:
    inc a
    srl d ; put the current bitmask bit in the carry flag
          ; also sets the zero flag if this is the last note in the pair
    jr nc, skip
    ; Print the note. Note that we need to preserve the zero flag to check it in the
    ; loop condition later.
    rst $38 ; Short encoding of call $0038.
            ; Because the program is so short, the memory in the 0038..8000 range
            ; is filled with zeroes, which happens to be the encoding for a no-op.
            ; The execution will therefore fall-through to the character-print hook.
    push af ; Save the letter on the stack (which will be just to the left of the
            ; unprocessed data) to free up A for printing other characters.
            ; (only 16-bit register pairs can be saved, so we also push the flags)
    ld a, e
    cpl     ; Undo the inversion used to make the execution fall-through the data.
            ; Done again each iteration because it takes less bytes to operate
            ; on the A register.
    rst $38 ; Print the suffix.
    xor a   ; Standard assembly practice of setting a register to zero by XORing it
            ; with itself. Saves a byte over a simple `ld a, 0`.
    rst $38 ; Print a null byte as a separator.
    pop af  ; Restore the current letter from the stack.
skip:
    jr nz, process_note ; If the zero flag (last changed at the srl d) is not set,
                        ; loop once again
    djnz process_pair
    halt
\$\endgroup\$

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