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Re: CHAT: composer names (Re: CHAT: A flat minor)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 19:40
On Tue, Oct 22, 2002 at 03:21:17PM -0400, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> >That's interesting. Esp. with the [f]. So apparently the Chinese > >pronunciation isn't too far off: [pEj t_hwO f@n] (the [p] here being, of > >course, unaspirated, and would sound closest to [b]). > > I think in Korean, Beethoven is something like [pe t_ho ben]. > Bach renders out as [pa ha], Chopin as [tSo peN] or somesuch.
Reminds me of some hilarious (though somewhat offensive) conversations I had with this guy who hated anything and everything not Baroque. He calls Dvorak "dvo-crap", and Chopin becomes "show-pain", etc., etc.. He's pretty hardheaded about it, which makes his childish name-butchering all the more funny.
> And I can't even remember how Burgmueller got rendered except that it was > butchered all to hell. *grin* Much like the way I used to play those > etudes...
[snip] Well, you can't be worse than me in this respect... from time to time I "show off" the 3rd movement of Beethoven's "moonlight" sonata, and I hold down the pedal for those crazy arpeggioo runs 'cos I just *don't* play them right. Not to mention lack of practice and general rustiness made me miss almost every other note, etc., etc.. And purportedly, I am a Beethoven fan... I tried tackling Chopin's "revolutionary" etude once, but gave up 'cos my left hand just wasn't cooperating. I'm generally a lot more comfortable staying in my ivory tower and composing things that others would perform for me. :-P T -- Don't modify spaghetti code unless you can eat the consequences.