By David W. Barber
On account that 1983, A Musician's Dictionary has overjoyed a becoming legion of readers with its witty, wacky and satirical definitions of musicians and musical terminology. The brand-new version, revised and extended, contains dozens of recent definitions.
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This ebook is basically an improved and up-to-date model of the vintage "Dictionary of German Synonyms" via B. okay. Farrell, considered one of my all-time favourite language books. The books percentage a few extraordinary similarities and i'm incorporating my evaluate of that publication during this review.
Recently in my German dialog category I remarked whatever to the impact that each time I make a presentation to a wide crew i'm grateful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that's, "at least it really is in English," my local tongue. My teacher, a local speaker of German, instinctively corrected my use of the time period "am mindestens," asserting that I must have stated "am wenigstens ist es auf Englisch," but if requested, she learned that even if she used to be certain "am wenigstens" will be right, she could not particularly clarify why.
I certainly grew to become my previous trustworthy "Dictonary of German Synonyms", one among my favourite language books, for rationalization. the excellence is seemingly that "am mindestens" can be used basically with detailed numerical quantities, corresponding to for instance "I drank no less than 2 liters of Gluhwein final evening. " I say "apparently" as the clarification in Farrell's publication is de facto a section cryptic.
Much extra transparent is the newer and bigger (and costlier) "A functional Dictionary of German utilization" by way of ok. B. Beaton. the 2 books are super comparable. Farrell was once a Professor of German on the college of Sydney and his ebook was once released by way of Cambridge collage Press. Beaton was once a Senior Lecturer in German reviews on the college of Sydney and his ebook is released by means of Oxford collage Press. Why the college of Sydney may be the middle of English language examine in German synonyms is a interest, but when no longer Sydney, Australia, the place should still they be studied?
Beaton recognizes Farrell's pioneering paintings within the box yet truly believes it used to be already outdated by means of the Nineteen Sixties. in case you can basically have enough money one e-book, i guess i might suggest the costlier Beaton, yet regardless of the similarities I nonetheless locate Farrell's older paintings extra readable. If not anything else, Farrell's booklet is much less unwieldy and more uncomplicated to learn for pleasure.
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Previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 J Jam: 1. A session at which jazz musicians improvise, usually late at night. 2. A sweet confection they spread on their toast the next morning. Joint: 1. Especially in jazz or rock, musicians' slang for a bar, club or other venue where a performance takes place. 2. Also especially in jazz or rock, musicians' slang for the funny cigarette often consumed in such venues. < previous page page_35 next page > < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 K Kettledrums: Despite their name, these drums aren't very useful for making coffee or tea, since they're far too large and would take too long to boil the water.
S. Bach, who died before completing his seminal work, The Art of Fugue. Many musicians since have died trying to play it. ) < previous page page_28 next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 G Gapped: The term for a musical scale or melody with notes missing, or the smile of some performers with teeth missing. ) Glissando: The musical equivalent of stepping on a banana peel. Grace Note: Every once in a while, the solo performer will attempt an interval, jumping from one note to another.
Fifth: A convenient quantity of alcohol to be consumed before, during or after a performance (see Bar). Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: The famous book belonging to a notorious 16th-century rake, cad and womanizer named Thomas William Orlando Fitzwilliam, who was said to enjoy a challenge. It contains a list of the most desirable and innocent young ladies of Elizabethan London. Fitzwilliam died of old age and exhaustion, the day after his 23rd birthday. Flageolet: A small end-blown flute used in early music and nowadays for performing Irish jigs and reels.