Musical Terms In Different Languages?
Arpeggio
Dec 24 2019, 01:47 PM
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Dec 24 2019, 01:47 PM
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I was wondering about certain musical terms in other languages? do they stay the same? I know certain words in Italian are used universally in music such as "tempo" or "forte". What about chord names like...

E major

C suspended 4th aka Csus4

G minor 7 flat 5 aka Gm7b5

F diminished or F augmented

etc.

Say in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French or whatever etc. I suspect they remain the same but need to ask as I don't know. I know there's a lot of teachers and students here from different parts of the world (who might also have some non-English material with this stuff in) so thought this would be the best place to ask. I can only think of chord names at the moment but if there's anything I haven't though of I'd be interested to know.

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HungryForHeaven
Jan 1 2020, 12:50 AM
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Jan 1 2020, 12:50 AM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Dec 31 2019, 05:51 PM) *
B natural is H in a lot of eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries. B for them is our Bb. It's a really old way of notating and there is more than one theory as to why (and too long to go into here).
*In the 19th cent. musicians would spell Bach with the musical notation B A C H that translated musically into Bb A C B natural.


That's true, also in Scandinavian coutries (such as my country Sweden), the note B is called H (and Bb is called B ). It is changing to the Anglo-Saxian notation, at least in some communities, but the H notation will live on (don't you dare re-naming Bach's H-moll Messe).

I'm gonna do a free translation of Cael's Danish terms into English (some of them have more than one corresponding term, but I guess most of them should be apparent).

Major
Minor
Circle of Fifths
Third
Fifth
Root
Tritone (\m/)

Oh, and Happy 2020, everyone.

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