on 2/6/08 10:57 AM, Lee Ridgway at [log in to unmask] wrote:
> Last night, listening to WHRB, the Harvard FM station which for
> several years has been the Boston area's best classical (and jazz)
> station, the DJ announced a recording of Handel's Suite in g, "played
> on harp-is-chord by Sophie Yates". Yes, that pronounciation, so often
> used by us harpsichordists' when joking-around. I just about dropped
> a fresh-cooked pot of rice pilaf on the kitchen floor. And then the
> announcer said it again, just before starting the CD!
> Granted, just about all the announcers on HRB are Harvard students,
> and although most of them do know a thing or two about music, we do
> occasionally hear some truly butchered pronounciations from these
> kids, usually of names or titles in languages other than English. But
> this was a first.
> Someone must have called while the music was playing, or else the
> announcer looked more closely at the CD notes, because in the after-
> announcement, she pronounced "harpsichord" correctly.
Gee, and all this time I'd been led to believe that Harvard folks had
absolutely superior and infallible intelligence, as compared to us
knuckle-dragging troglodytes in flyover country, where you hear the term
"harpischord" bandied about continually in the trailer parks we all live in.
James R. (Jay) McCarty, MD
Fort Worth, TX
"You can tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much"