By David W. Barber
Seeing 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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An indication in the score conveying information about tempo, dynamics, articulation or other means of shaping a musical phrase. 2. The pained look on the conductor's face when the performers ignore such indications. < previous page page_24 next page > < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 F Fancy: The term applied in the 16th century to certain light-hearted musical works and in the 20th to certain performers and the way they dress. Fantasy: What most musicians have instead of a sex life.
The term is sometimes also applied to organists themselves, because their cranky, distracted disposition is often the result of chronic constipation from sitting too long on organ benches. English Horn: A woodwind instrument so named because it's neither English, nor a horn. Not to be confused with the French horn, which is German. Ensemble: 1. (Noun) Any group of individual performers who are supposed to function as a unit. 2. (Adjective) the feeling of co-operation and togetherness that such groups lack.
The French horn is actually German, and should not be confused with the English horn, which is French. Fugue: A type of Baroque composition similar to a crossword puzzle, but with fewer clues. 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.
A Musician's Dictionary by David W. Barber