By David W. Barber
Due to the fact 1983, A Musician's Dictionary has thrilled a turning out to be legion of readers with its witty, wacky and satirical definitions of musicians and musical terminology. The brand-new variation, revised and elevated, comprises dozens of latest definitions.
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The aspiring student of harmony should practise saying phrases such as ''secondary sub-mediant appoggiatura six-four" or "first-inversion Neapolitan five-seven of five, sharp four plus eleven, going to a half-diminished seven of six" until they sound convincing. If unable to do this in a convincing manner, you may be in the wrong profession, or ought at least to consider becoming a critic, where even the most rudimentary knowledge of music isn't needed. It may, in fact, be a hindrance. Harpsichord: A type of keyboard instrument, a precursor of the piano, and cursed at ever since.
Music Stand: An intricate device for propping up music, except at crucial times such as during the performance. It has a tendency to fall over, often of its own accord. It comes in two sizes too high or too low and is always broken. Musica Ficta: Ancient rules for the interpretation of Early Music. A sort of musical Everyday Etiquette. In Medieval times, the principles of ficta were understood by everybody, so they were never written down. Nowadays, nobody can write them down, because nobody understands them at all.
In less severe cases, that portion of a singer's facial anatomy that gets all stuffy during a bad cold or nasal infection. '') Noise: A more accurate term for sound. None: 1. In Gregorian tradition, one of several liturgical services held throughout the day, this one ''at the ninth hour" that is, three o'clock in the morning. 2. The number of listeners likely to show up at any such service held at three o'clock in the morning. Notes: Little black dots with stems and flags that are the peculiar language of music.
A Musician's Dictionary by David W. Barber