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#471182 - 04/28/05 06:14 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Rhymes with "clove" and "stove."
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#471183 - 04/28/05 06:21 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Shostakovich: Shut-tha-car-b*tch

Rubinstein: Ruby-stay-in

Ligeti: Lee-gay-tea

Ashkenazy: Ash-can-i-see
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#471184 - 04/28/05 06:50 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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No, Ove does not rhyme with clove and stove, the "E" at the end is clearly pronounced. The "D" in Andsnes is silent.
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#471185 - 04/28/05 06:54 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Achtung! Bach and Rachmaninov have the same 'ch'. Try to breathe out through your mouth and tighten the throat with your rear tongue. The low pitch hissing sound you should get is 'ch'
If you tighten with the forward part of your tongue, you get more of a 'sh' which comes close to the 'ch' in Richter.

To clarify the rules, if 'ch' is following an i or an e like in bEtter, the hiss is higher pitched (middle part of tongue closing), now much more like 'sh'. 'ch' following a, o, or u has the rear end of the tongue tightening.

Try say 'ee' like in eek, and from that ee add a hiss following above instructions (middle tongue). That gives you RiCHter.

Say 'ah' like in bAjA California, then tighten the throat to get the 'ch' of Bach and Rachmaninov.

Ach lass mich doch Klavier spielen \:D
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#471186 - 04/28/05 06:54 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by ChatNoir:
I have been in America for almost 30 years, and I STILL haven't heard Bach pronounced correctly. It's prounounced like Nacht, Wacht, (without the "T" of course). Seems to be a very difficult sound to make for americans.[/b]
That's funny -- everybody I know makes a point of
pronouncing "Bach" with their best German accent.
Had a Taiwanese professor who couldn't quite get there (he said "Baja"), but the Americans don't seem to have any trouble producing the "ach" sound.

Admittedly, we tend to choke on the "r"s in "Verdi" and "Fauré", but maybe that's for the best. Listen to an interview with any American soprano and tell me that she doesn't sound like even more of a ninny for pronouncing these names CORRECTLY! Switching accents midsentence is so jarring that it tends to sound like an affectation.

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#471187 - 04/28/05 07:02 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Not if you do it right.
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#471188 - 04/28/05 07:12 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by ChatNoir:
Not if you do it right. [/b]
I really disagree! \:\)

When I'm listening to a sentence, all of which is being pronounced in some sort of midwestern accent, with the flat vowels and the motorcycle-engine American "r"s... and then suddenly the name "Schubert" is pronounced with a beautiful, correct, perfect Austrian accent, it makes my skin crawl! The sudden switch back (and forth -- it's not like the conversation is going to proceed in German) is just too startling.

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#471189 - 04/28/05 07:20 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Well, you have to remember that we Europeans are usually trained in 3 to 6 languages, and it comes naturally to us to pronounce names like they are pronounced in their native land. I'm sorry if I may make your skin crawl, but that's the way it is.
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#471190 - 04/28/05 08:13 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by ChatNoir:
Well, you have to remember that we Europeans are usually trained in 3 to 6 languages, and it comes naturally to us to pronounce names like they are pronounced in their native land. I'm sorry if I may make your skin crawl, but that's the way it is. [/b]
I don't mean to offend!

A conciliatory explanation might be that it is only American English that sounds pretentious when sprinkled with proper-names-in-their-native-accents. We can confirm this theory as soon as we find an Italian who says "Ravel" without rolling the "R" two or three times...

Or who calls "Paris" "Paris". \:\)

And in all fairness, hyper-enunciation is not always snobbery. Sometimes in New York, for instance, you'll find a waitress who has been coached on the correct pronunciation of "marinara" or some such, and who will therefore deliver her whole spiel with a Long Island twang, except for that one shocking, startling word...

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#471191 - 04/28/05 08:15 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Oy, yes. That's très bizarre. I hate it when people mix languages and accents.
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#471192 - 04/28/05 08:29 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Thank you, Schumann, no offense taken. You do actually have a good point. But remember, I speak with an accent all the time.....
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#471193 - 04/28/05 11:09 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Shostakovich: Shost-uh-KOE-vitch

Chopin: Show-pahn (with French 'n' sound -- just let your voice float over that 'n' sound, if that makes any sense)
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#471194 - 04/29/05 05:50 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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#471195 - 04/29/05 05:50 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by ChatNoir:

And in all fairness, hyper-enunciation is not always snobbery. Sometimes in New York, for instance, you'll find a waitress who has been coached on the correct pronunciation of "marinara" or some such, and who will therefore deliver her whole spiel with a Long Island twang, except for that one shocking, startling word... [/b]
I always smile when watching Jeopardy, and Alex Trebec busts out some crazy foreign accent on some really impressive sounding words!! \:\)

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#471196 - 04/29/05 06:00 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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I started piano after coming to Japan, and thus have learned a lot of composers' names, as well as musical terms etc, first in Japanese (or with Japanese pronunciation) and then later tried to figure out what the English is. And to make it even more confusing, music-talk in Japanese is sprinkled with random German and Italian words (pronounced with Japanese rules) along with the Japanese words. I hate to think of trying to have a conversation in U.S. with other pianists. When we talk music, my mom laughs at me all the time as it is...
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#471197 - 04/29/05 06:07 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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How do you pronounce Kysylyczyn?
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#471198 - 04/29/05 07:05 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Hi,
being Italian and knowing a bit of German I can provide you with the correct Italian and German pronounciation:

Scherzo = skertzo (where the e is like the e in "bEst" and the last o must be o like in "dOOr" not ou)
Richter = Richter (with the ch like in BaCH)
Bach = Bach (with the ch like in iCH, more like a k followed by an h like in "Have")
Appassionata = Appassionata (sorry no better way to write it down, just be careful with pp and ss, they must sound as double p and double s [means longer]. Another hint, all the a should be pronounced like the u in lUck not ae)
Chopin - Sho-pan
von Weber - fon vaeber
Liszt - List
Schubert - Shoo-Burt
Schumann - Shoo-man (use the same a like the one in AppAssionAtA)
Tchaikovsky - Chai-Couv-ski
Rachmaninov - Rack-man-in-off (again the same a)
Shostakovich - Shostakovic (same a as before and the last c sounds like ch in "CHoice")

I can add also:
piano = piano (the a is like the one in AppAssionAtA)
forte = forte (the r is a ringing r and the last e is like the e in "bEst")
fortissimo (the i is like the one in lIst and the last o like "dOOr")
minuetto (again same i, e and o)
allegro (you bet, same a, e and o)

Now you know the trick: in Italian
a is always like u in lUck
e is always like e in bEst
i is always like i in lIst
o is always like o in dOOR
u is always like o in cOOl

double letter should sound like double (longer) sounds of the single one.

Hope it helps

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#471199 - 04/29/05 07:13 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Very good, Sviatoslav, very good. Just a few minor corrections: The Rach... in Rachmaninov is pronounced like Bach, not Rack.... And Schubert is ScuBERT, not BURT. Like in Bertolucci.
The A in Italian is like U in LUCK????? I thought it was A like in Amore. Then again, non parlo italiano.
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#471200 - 04/29/05 07:19 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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u in luck and a in amore are pronounced the same way, isn't it?

you are right about Rachmaninov and Shubert. I just left them as Rack-man-in-off and Shoo-Burt
because I frequently hear Americans pronounce ck like ch in German and burt is a u that resembles the u in "hurt".

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#471201 - 04/29/05 09:43 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by pianojerome:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Requiem Aeternam:
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Gyorgy Cziffra: "Your-gay Chiffruh"
LOL....childish I know. [/b]
Yeah, you have to put the accent on the right syllable.

"YOUR-gay CHIFF-ruh", not "you're-GAY, Cziffra". [/b]
If I recall correctly, he had his name legally changed to the French equivalent "Georges," which is a lot less difficult to pronounce. It's just the English pronunciation, except with a soft "G," and for the love of God, don't say the "s."

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#471202 - 04/29/05 10:02 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Sviatoslav:
[QB] u in luck and a in amore are pronounced the same way, isn't it?

Not here in Los Angeles. It' more like a in a in adorable.
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#471203 - 04/29/05 11:33 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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how do you say "Richard Strauss"? i heard Richard is pronounced as "ri-card", is that the way to say it?

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#471204 - 04/29/05 11:49 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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The "ich" in Richard is pronounced the same way as the German pronoun "ICH".
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#471205 - 04/29/05 11:58 AM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Per Sviatoslav:

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Scherzo = skertzo (where the e is like the e in "bEst"
What do you mean here? You're taking away the "r"? Sounds like you want "sket-so". I think it should be "scaret-so". You also said:

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forte = forte (the r is a ringing r and the last e is like the e in "bEst")
I've never heard anyone pronounce it this way. I hear the most musically intelligent pronounce it as "for-tay". As an aside, I can't think of any word at all that ends with the e-sound from "best". Are you "best"-happy? You're big on "best" aren't you? \:\) Just wondering.

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#471206 - 04/29/05 12:09 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Rick:
[ I hear the most musically intelligent pronounce it as "for-tay".

Musical intelligence has nothing to do with pronunciation. Quite frankly, I wish I had more of the first and less of the latter.
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#471207 - 04/29/05 01:43 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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So people, how do you pronounce Kysylyczyn?
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#471208 - 04/29/05 02:01 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by iamcanadian:
 Quote:
Originally posted by BruceD:
Scherzo = Sker - tzo
[/b]
I always pronounce it Skair-tzo. Wrong? [/b]
You're right..
if I'm right.

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#471209 - 04/29/05 02:43 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Originally posted by miseenplace:
So people, how do you pronounce Kysylyczyn? [/b]
Exactly like it's written \:D
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#471210 - 04/29/05 02:58 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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hmmm...heres my guess "K-eye-s-eye-l-eye-tchine"

When "y" is acting as a vowel, it usually makes an "eye" sound, right??

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#471211 - 04/29/05 04:47 PM Re: The Pronunciations Thread
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Well, this just confirms it. I am never talking about these things again, I will only address these topics in writing! Too dangerous otherwise.
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