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comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
Thanks to anonymous reviewer for the correction: Josef Hofmann, not the other Josef.
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revised Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
Thanks to anonymous reviewer for the correction: Josef Hofmann, not the other Josef.
Aug
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comment How are note durations named in the British system?
The OED does only give English examples, being interested in when a word crossed over from French or Latin or German into English, not when it first appeared in the original language. "Maxima" and "minim" no doubt have a long history in Latin, probably going back to the earliest mensural notation. "Crotchet" and "quaver" sound English to me.
Aug
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comment How are note durations named in the British system?
It appears that "semi" was all there was for more than a hundred years until someone added "demi", and I don't know how many years went by before "hemi" appeared. See the citations in my long answer. If my language knowledge is correct, "semi" is Latin, "demi" is French and "hemi" is Greek. Examples: semicircle, demitasse, hemisphere.
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revised How are note durations named in the British system?
Went to the OED for evidence to back up my assertions.
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answered How are note durations named in the British system?
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answered Ranking of Difficulty of Instruments
Jun
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comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
Reed organs sound "churchy" and are associated with little old ladies and hymn-singing. They are OK for some of the maudlin songs of the late 19th century like "In The Baggage Coach Ahead" and "She's More To Be Pitied Than Censured" but those songs went out of style. Ragtime and fast dance music just don't work on a reed organ. (Mine is a 1906 Estey, about as standard as they come.)
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