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    Default Anyone knows music terms? please help.

    1) "The aching, arching long lines", what does arching here mean? The "lines" here is the musical lines.

    2) What is the vocal accomplishment?

    3) What is the vertical harmonies?

    4) Can you explain the following sentence?

    a) The music soars when a performer distinguishes the notes whose impulse carries the music’s structure from those that are purely decorative.

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    b) So too the long line of the music is revealed when a performer connects the structural notes for the ear.

    6) what is "overarching structure" in musical terms?

    7) what is the associate principle cellist? Is it the principle cellist's assistant?

    Extra questions:

    1) We think of “personality” as a strategy for “getting out of childhood alive” What does it mean?

    2) And how about "an expression that transcends the personality that got it out of childhood alive"?

    3) What is the downward spiral talk? Talking about the bad things?

    4) The sentence says; "He wrote at the age of the oldest children present", what does it mean?

    5) It doesn't mean you should work to achieve something "higher plane of existence" so you can "transcend negavity". It simply means, being present wihtout resistance; being present to what is happening and present to your reactions, no matter how intense.

    What do "higher plane of existence" and "transcend negavity" mean?


    Thanks so much!!

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    I can't answer all, but I'll get things roilling:
    2) What is the vocal accomplishment?

    Vocal accomplishment would mean singing well.

    3) What is the downward spiral talk? Talking about the bad things?

    A downward spiral is when things keep getting worse and worse and there's no way to stop.

    4) The sentence says; "He wrote at the age of the oldest children present", what does it mean?

    Presumably this is from a talk or something to children, of whom the oldest were the same age at which this person was writing. (Mozart?)

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    1) "The aching, arching long lines", what does arching here mean? The "lines" here is the musical lines.
    Say:
    • The lines here are the musical lines.

    What is the vertical harmonies?
    Say:
    • What are the vertical harmonies?

    what is the associate principle cellist? Is it the principle cellist's assistant?
    My best guess is that the associate principal cellist plays second chair. (I could be wrong.)

    I did a brief search, and I didn't find vertical harmony, but I did find what could prove to be a useful resource. Go to: http://www.hearts-ease.org/cgi-bin/t...a=conservatory.

    Perhaps there is a musician on the forum who can help you with your music questions.

    :)

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    an expression that transcends the personality that got it out of childhood alive

    This presumably means that the person had a very tough childhood and developed a, possibly, rather difficult and strong personality, but that they wrote music that overcame this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    4) The sentence says; "He wrote at the age of the oldest children present", what does it mean?

    Presumably this is from a talk or something to children, of whom the oldest were the same age at which this person was writing. (Mozart?)
    Yes, it's Mozart. I wonder if the above sentence could mean that Mozart wrote the Divertimento in D when his first child was born. Just wanna confirm.

    Anyway, thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    what is the associate principle cellist? Is it the principle cellist's assistant?
    My best guess is that the associate principal cellist plays second chair. (I could be wrong.)

    I did a brief search, and I didn't find vertical harmony, but I did find what could prove to be a useful resource. Go to: http://www.hearts-ease.org/cgi-bin/t...a=conservatory.

    Perhaps there is a musician on the forum who can help you with your music questions.

    :)
    I'm not sure about if the associate principle cellist is similar to the second fiddler who is the violist/cellist playing the second fiddle.

    Anyway, thanks for the link.

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    I am fairly sure it is principal cellist. I don't think principle is used as an adjective, although principled is.

    :)

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