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‘Musik’ to our ears

By Debra Dobbins

 

Music is indeed a universal language; it captivates people of all ages all over the world. Thanks to mass media, people nearly everywhere also easily understand the English word “music.”

It is a cognate, a word that sounds similar, in these languages:

Italian             musica
Spanish         música (with an acute accent over the u)
Portuguese   música (with an acute accent over the u)
French           musique
German         musik
Dutch             muziek

“Eine Kleine Noon Musik” is an allusion (a reference) to The Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, K. 525. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1787, this work is also known by the title "Eine kleine Nachtmusik."

According to Wikipedia, “The German title means ‘a little serenade,’ though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as ‘a little night music.’ The work is written for a chamber ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras.”

To hear the first movement, go to You Tube.

 

 

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