Translation:I do not like the sound of these musical notes.
It doesn't really say that they are written and make "no" sound. Rearranged (the words) to clarify one might put it this way: "I don't like the sound of these musical notes." or "I don't like the sound these musical notes (make)" or more word inclusive: "I don't find the sounds made by these musical notes pleasant". In any of those scenarios, the speaker might have just played a series of musical notes in a score... stopped, and said... "Het geluid van deze muzieknoten vind ik niet mooi. " Believe me, in studying several Nordic languages you eventually get used to the placement of certain words that otherwise, in English, would make next to no sense at all--which I'm sure speakers of theses languages would say the same for English, even though English is actually a Germanic/Nordic language itself.
Thanks a lot for the whole explanation. It is not the placement of the words that I do not understand, but what the whole sentence is referring to by matching sound with musical notes.
Musical notes are written signs for music like letters are for words. Both types of signs are mute, unless you read them (letters), sing or play them on an instrument (musical notes). Therefore the “sound” is produced by the voice or an instrument and not by the sign itself.
I am neither a English nor a Dutch native speaker and perhaps it is possible to say this sentence in these two languages. That’s the reason, why I asked for an explanation.
If you said to a musician, "play C" a tone would come out called C which is a musical note. Letters have sounds too. Make a t sound.
The specificity is throwing you off. Yes a musical note describes a physical thing which itself doesn't make sound but that thing represents a sound so they're one in the same.
Playing C is playing a musical note. "That note is a bit flat." has no reference to the written note but the sound and is perfectly acceptable English.
the accepted translation is basically what the sentence means, the idea. but why is the translation with "i find/i don't find" accepted, since that's what the sentence is actually like? when in most other cases that's what we have to do, translate it as close as possible without altering the communicated message.