Musical terms

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  1. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Just for fun...

    Some musical terms defined:
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    Con Moto. I have a car.
    Allegro. A small car.
    Maestro. A bigger car.
    Metronome. Person who is small enough to fit into a Mini.

    Dim. Thick.
    Obbligato. Being forced to practice.
    Rit., Rall. Coming up to the bit you haven't practiced.

    Lento. Days leading up to Easto

    Cantata. Thankyou for the soft drink.
    Tutti. Ice cream.
    Largo. Brewed in Germany.
    Tonic. Often mixed with gin.
    Con spirito. Drunk.

    Coda. Type of fish, usually served with chipsa.

    Chord. Something organists play with one finger.
    Dischord. Something organists play with two fingers.
    Suspended chord. Used for lynching soloists.

    Improvisation. What you do when the music falls down.
    Syncopation. Bowel condition brought on by an overdose of Jazz.

    Crochet. A type of knitting.
    Quaver. The feeling you get before a gig when you haven't rehearsed enough.

    Time signatures. Things for drummers to ignore.

    Scales. Things fish have.

    Flat. A type of apartment.

    Fugue. Clever stuff.
    Prelude. Warm up session before the clever stuff.

    Acciaccatura/Appoggiatura. Types of insect.

    Trill. Bird food.
    Opus. Exclamation on finding that the cat has had an accident on the carpet.
    Piu Animato. If you don't clean that rabbit out, it will have to go.

    Virtuoso. Someone who can work wonders with Easy-Play music.

    p - piano. The neighbours have complained.
    f - forte. The neighbours are out.
    crescendo. Testing the neighbours' tolerance level.
    ff - fortissimo. To hell with the neighbours!
    pp - pianissimo. The neighbours are at the door.

    Source: unknown, dredged from the ancient bowels of the internet circa 2006.
     
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    This is British. The reference to crap 1980s British Leyland cars is a dead giveaway.

    (I also recall, from the 80s, that the Allegro was known as the All-aggro, due to its notorious unreliability.)

    P.S. I especially like "piu animato"......
     
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    This is translation from one foreign language into another.

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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Out of an idle interest, I did a bit of digging. The earliest I could trace this to was a discussion on a forum in 2001, where a number of participants were tossing ideas around. I think it's likely that this list emerged from there.
     
  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    If it's that recent I might try it out on our local choral society.......
     
  9. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I've played piano since I was a child, and this thread made me smile.

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  10. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    "lento" my favorite.

    Couple from the extended list:

    Dischord: the one to use when datchord sounds funny

    Da capo al fine:
    one of these - http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l.../42OzmyymG_Y/s640/blogger-image-797149380.jpg - if you have actually taken a genuine sauna, with the sauna song and the winter lake plunge and somebody's naked grandparents hitting you with yellow birch sticks;
    or these - http://img0030.popscreencdn.com/105...d-designer-hatstriped-beanie-branded-ebay.jpg - if you haven't.

    molto: with cheese
     
  11. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, as you rather imply, "dischord" is wrongly spelt: it should be "discord".
     

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