The Well-Tempered Announcer

The Well-Tempered Announcer : A Pronunciation Guide to Classical Music

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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 ReferenceWhat a great idea for a book." -Denver PostMultifaceted 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." -ChoiceClassical announcers and musicians will welcome this guide." -American Reference Books AnnualIs 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 208.28 x 274.32 x 12.7mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated
  • 025321064X
  • 9780253210647
  • 1,736,736

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Radio announcers have very few resources for learning to pronounce foreign words and names associated with classical music. In this innovative guide, Robert A. Fradkin provides the pronunciation of over 2,000 personal names (identified as composers, conductors, and/or performers), titles of works, and musical terms, including tempo and dynamics indications, genres, and dance forms. Fradkin explains the principles of pronunciation of about two dozen languages and provides clues for identifying the language of a strange word and making an educated guess at its pronunciation. He uses a variety of reader-friendly symbols and look-alikes to convey the sounds. The Well-Tempered Announcer is the ideal text for radio and television classes and the ultimate aid in the broadcasting booth.show more

About Robert Fradkin

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.show more

Table of contents

PreludeA Tribute to WFOS-FMOther AcknowledgmentsOvertureWhy This Guide?The Old "Native vs. Anglicized" ControversyCaveat DictorStructure of the BookSuggestions for Using The BookLimitationsMovement 1. Transcription and Other BasicsTranscription ConventionsLetter vs. SoundOptions and AlternativesWhich Phonetic Transcription?Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?Sound SymbolsVowelsConsonantsHow to Read the ListsOn Alphabetical OrderWhat's in a Name?People and PlacesOf Firsts and LastsLanguage, Ethnicity, Religion, and PoliticsMore on Slash DesignationsMovement 2. Alphabetical ListMovement 3. List By LanguageArmenianBulgarianChineseCzech and the Hacek Languages(Slovak, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenia, Lithuanian, Latvian)Note on Last NamesDutch and FlemishEnglishFinnish and EstonianFrenchGerman GreekHungarianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatin PolishNote on Polish Last NamesPortugueseRomanianRussian and UkrainianScandinavian (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)SpanishFive Interludes For Tongue and LarynxInterlude 1. The Voicing PrincipleTwo Kinds of ConsonantsInterlude 2. Consonants on Paper and in the MouthSome Terminology for Types of SoundsSo-called Hard and Soft ConsonantsFlap, Catch, ShiftDoubles and Dub BullsConsonant Cluster RepriseInterlude 3. Vowels in "General European" vs. EnglishVowels in the MouthOther Vowel SoundsOf Diphthongs and Digraphs"Long" and "Short""Broad" and "Flat"ShwaInterlude 4. Stress ManagementInterlude 5. Hints on Reading Key SignaturesMovement 4. Letter and Sound in the Languages of Europe and East AsiaGeneral Remark on Accent Marks and DiacriticsRomance LanguagesLatinItalianRomanianFrenchPortugueseSpanishGermanic LanguagesEnglishGermanTwoshow more

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