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Music Terms Misspelled and Mispronounced
By D. L. Bullock

Yes, these words are antiquated, and few people today have even heard
them.  They mangle calliope in spelling but they also have several
pronunciations of it.  The music folk call it "Kuh LIE Uh Pee" while
the old carny types call it a "KAL lee Ope".

The one that bothers me the most is the word orchestrion: "Or KES Tree
Ahn".  The definition is an automatic orchestra.  There are people,
even some who contribute to this list, who call those instruments an
orchestration: "Or Kes STRAY shun".  The definition is (noun) the music
of a piece as it is written out for instruments of the orchestra, or
(verb) the activity of transcribing a piece of music from simple score
to all individual parts to be played by different instruments of the
orchestra.  In either case it refers to or results in pieces of paper
with music notation on it.

Sorry, that happens to be my pet peeve in this field.  Something to do
with my mother being a first and second grade teacher for 30 years.

D.L. Bullock
St. Louis

 [ Calling the orchestrion an orchestration is malapropos (not
 [ appropriate) and it's also rather humorous.  Mrs. Malaprop is
 [ a character in Sheridan's play, "The Rivals", noted for her blunders
 [ in her use of words; such utterings are called malapropisms.  In the
 [ Walt Disney film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the character
 [ Doc frequently says the wrong but funny word: a malapropism.
 [ And now an example (brace yourself!): "That band organ tune would
 [ sure sound good played by an orchestration!"  ;->  -- Robbie

(Message sent Tue 7 May 2002, 14:19:45 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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