A Musician's Dictionary by David W. Barber

By David W. Barber

Considering the fact that 1983, A Musician's Dictionary has overjoyed a starting 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 recent definitions.

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2. The printed form of obscure hieroglyphics, squiggles, scrawls and blots that purport to tell the musician how to produce the desired noise. It may be (a) illegible, (b) boring, (c) too difficult, or (d) any combination thereof. The production of music follows three stages. < previous page page_42 next page > < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 It is: 1. set down by the composer 2. Interpreted (incorrectly) by the conductor and 3. Ignored by the performers and audience. Music Lesson: A form of cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on young children by their parents, and on teachers by their shrinking bank balances.

Widely held to be understood by musicians (and sometimes by singers), they are, in fact, a bafflement to all but everyone is too proud to admit it. Nut: The narrow ridge across the neck of a string instrument such as the violin, situated near the pegbox. By < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 extension, then, the term has come to be applied to any person who plays such an instrument (see Bent, Heel). < previous page page_47 next page > < previous page page_48 next page > Page 48 O Oboe: An ill wind that nobody blows good.

It can also be an effective means of suppressing sermons. Organist: The person hired by a church to play the organ and to provide music for services, weddings, funerals and other joyous occasions. Not to be confused with the organ student, who actually does the playing. Organ Student: A species of sub-organist, or a subspecies of organist. Ornamentation: 1. The practice of adding extra notes to a melody in order to improve it, or to disguise one's inability to perform it properly. 2. The only reason some persons are allowed to remain in a musical organization.

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