Music to my ears!

Real Estate Agent with Angelfish Properties, Inc.

Too corny, but tonight it seems funny. Guess this day has gone on too long!

In order to keep you abreast of the ever-developing world of musical terminology, we provide herewith the latest additions to the esteemed Harvard Dictionary of Music:

ALLREGRETTO When you're 16 measures into the piece and realize you took too fast a tempo

ANGUS DEI To play with a divinely beefy tone...
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A PATELLA Accompanied by knee-slapping

APPOLOGGIATURA A composition that you regret playing

APPROXIMATURA A series of notes not intended by the composer, yet played with an "I meant to do that" attitude

APPROXIMENTO A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch

CACOPHANY [aka CACOUGHONY] A composition incorporating many people with chest colds

CORAL SYMPHONY A large, multi-movement work from Beethoven's Caribbean Period

DILL PICCOLINI An exceedingly small wind instrument that plays only sour notes

FERMANTRA A note held over and over and over and over and . . .

FERMOOTA A note of dubious value held for indefinite length

FIDDLER CRABS Grumpy string players

FLUTE FLIES Those tiny mosquitoes that bother musicians on outdoor gigs

FRUGALHORN A sensible and inexpensive brass instrument

GAUL BLATTER A French horn player

GREGORIAN CHAMP The title bestowed upon the monk who can hold a note the longest

GROUND HOG Someone who takes control of the repeated bass line and won't let anyone else play it


SCHMALZANDO A sudden burst of music from the Guy Lombardo band

THE RIGHT OF STRINGS Manifesto of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Violists

SPRITZICATO An indication to string instruments to produce a bright and bubbly sound

TEMPO TANTRUM What an elementary school orchestra is having when it's not following the conductor

TROUBLE CLEF Any clef one can't read: e.g., alto clef for pianists

VESUVIOSO An indication to build up to a fiery conclusion

VIBRATTO Child prodigy son of the concertmaster

Posted by

Brenda Ballard
Angelfish Properties, Emerald Isle, North Carolina
252-241-0044 or 910-316-1717






Comments (5)

Karin Elliott
IBA Realty Group - Big Canoe, GA
14 Years as a Broker & Making Dreams Come True

Brenda, Thanks for the smile! This reminds me of the drug company name-game. I wish I could find it!

Jan 21, 2010 01:46 PM
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX of Spokane - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate

hahahaha! Loved that, I am a musician :)

Jan 21, 2010 01:48 PM
James Bath
Gulf Shores Realty - Venice, FL

You can bet that them thar Harvard kids put this together...what wit and creativity have they.  My favorite "Placebo Domingo"!


Cheers, Jim in Para-Dice (LOL!)

Jan 21, 2010 10:04 PM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Love it!  I didn't know you had such a sense of humor.  Guess you just need the right forum.

Jan 22, 2010 01:43 AM
Bob Edwards
Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc. - Appleton, WI
Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI

Thanks Brenda, I always wondered what a Placebo Domingo was too.

Jan 22, 2010 05:57 AM