Monthly Archives: April 2011

What the #?

What do you call this: #? Once you only had to decide whether to refer to it as the “number sign” or the “pound sign” (unless you’re British, in which case “pound sign” refers only to pounds sterling, not weight … Continue reading

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Do you prefer your music diegetic?

In the April 18 issue of the New Yorker Nancy Franklin bemoans a stylistic change in new version of the TV series “Upstairs Downstairs.” In the original series the only soundtrack was the music the characters heard on the gramophone, … Continue reading

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Dueling pianists?

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos. In the program notes John Henken says, ‘Stravinsky…[gave] a talk about his unusual concept of a concerto for two solo instruments … Continue reading

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A Bouquet of Flower Names and their Origins

In celebration of spring, here’s a little mixed bouquet of flower-name etymologies. The starburst-shaped aster gets its name from Latin aster, which stems fromGreek ἀστήρ meaning ‘star.’ (An asterisk is a little star < Latin asteriscus, < Greek ἀστερίσκος, diminutive … Continue reading

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