The Well-Tempered Announcer

The Well-Tempered Announcer

A Pronunciation Guide to Classical Music
Robert Fradkin
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/22/1996
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21064-7
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... demystifies more than 2000 names of composers, conductors and performers, titles of works and musical terms in some two dozen languages." —Publishers Weekly

... Fradkin’s guide will save people from both error and affectation." —Rettig on Reference

What a great idea for a book." —Denver Post

Multifaceted and well organized... A wide range of useful tips will help attentive readers avoid common pronunciation gaffes and build on the sound advice offered... This is a book for the linguistically sensitive and musically inclined to keep handy." —Choice

Classical announcers and musicians will welcome this guide." —American Reference Books Annual

Is it [rick-kard] or [rih-khard] Wagner?

Radio announcers have very few resources for learning to pronounce foreign words and names associated with classical music. In this innovative guide, Robert Fradkin provides the pronunciation of over 2000 personal names, titles of works, and musical terms.

The Well-Tempered Announcer is an ideal text for radio and television classes and the ultimate aid in the broadcasting booth.

Author Bio

ROBERT A. FRADKIN, Assistant Professor of Hebrew at the University of Maryland, College Park, has also taught Russian and general linguistics. He is author of Stalking the Wild Verb Phrase as well as scholarly articles in his academic fields.

Reviews

““ . . . demystifies more than 2000 names of composers, conductors and performers, titles of works and musical terms in some two dozen languages.” —Publishers Weekly “ . . . Fradkin’s guide will save people from both error and affectation.” —Rettig on Reference “What a great idea for a book.” —Denver Post “Multifaceted and well organized . . . A wide range of useful tips will help attentive readers avoid common pronunciation gaffes and build on the sound advice offered . . . This is a book for the linguistically sensitive and musically inclined to keep handy.” —Choice “Classical announcers and musicians will welcome this guide.” —American Reference Books Annual Is it [rick-kard] or [rih-khard] Wagner? Radio announcers have very few resources for learning to pronounce foreign words and names associated with classical music. In this innovative guide, Robert Fradkin provides the pronunciation of over 2000 personal names, titles of works, and musical terms. The Well-Tempered Announcer is an ideal text for radio and television classes and the ultimate aid in the broadcasting booth.”

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Table of Contents

Prelude
A Tribute to WFOS-FM
Other Acknowledgments
Overture
Why This Guide?
The Old "Native vs. Anglicized" Controversy
Caveat Dictor
Structure of the Book
Suggestions for Using The Book
Limitations
Movement 1. Transcription and Other Basics
Transcription Conventions
Letter vs. Sound
Options and Alternatives
Which Phonetic Transcription?
Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Sound Symbols
Vowels
Consonants
How to Read the Lists
On Alphabetical Order
What’s in a Name?
People and Places
Of Firsts and Lasts
Language, Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics
More on Slash Designations
Movement 2. Alphabetical List
Movement 3. List By Language
Armenian
Bulgarian
Chinese
Czech and the Hacek Languages
(Slovak, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenia, Lithuanian, Latvian)
Note on Last Names
Dutch and Flemish
English
Finnish and Estonian
French
German
Greek
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin
Polish
Note on Polish Last Names
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian and Ukrainian
Scandinavian (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
Spanish
Five Interludes For Tongue and Larynx
Interlude 1. The Voicing Principle
Two Kinds of Consonants
Interlude 2. Consonants on Paper and in the Mouth
Some Terminology for Types of Sounds
So-called Hard and Soft Consonants
Flap, Catch, Shift
Doubles and Dub Bulls
Consonant Cluster Reprise
Interlude 3. Vowels in "General European" vs. English
Vowels in the Mouth
Other Vowel Sounds
Of Diphthongs and Digraphs
"Long" and "Short"
"Broad" and "Flat"
Shwa
Interlude 4. Stress Management
Interlude 5. Hints on Reading Key Signatures
Movement 4. Letter and Sound in the Languages of Europe and East Asia
General Remark on Accent Marks and Diacritics
Romance Languages
Latin
Italian
Romanian
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Germanic Languages
English
German
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