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Barenboim on Chopin’s Ballade no. 1

Chopin inspires musicians to greater artistry and, as Barenboim says in this video, makes them want to sound as if the music is simply emanating from them as light from a candle. In this ballade, Chopin also takes us on a leisurely stroll through his own private musical world. Read more >>

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Question: The correct pronunciation of: Acciaccatura
A-ki-a-ka-choo-ra - 1 (50%)
A-chack-a-too-ra - 1 (50%)
A-catch-a-too-ra - 0 (0%)
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perfect_pitch
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« on: September 08, 2017, 10:39:01 AM »

Fun question... What's the correct pronunciation of:

Acciaccatura??? I've heard 3 different pronunciations...

A-ki-a-ka-choo-ra
A-chack-a-too-ra
A-catch-a-too-ra

I can't believe there's so many discrepancies on the pronunciation.


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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 11:13:31 AM »

Middle option.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2017, 01:01:24 PM »

Out of curiosity - are you a native Scot Ronde???
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 01:21:19 PM »

Yep, born in Dundee. And while I do try to keep politics out of it on this forum, I consider myself very much Scottish, not British.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 03:18:00 PM »

I can't believe there's so many discrepancies on the pronunciation.

Why? It's a word originating from Italy from several centuries ago, and since then it has been appropriated and used by various cultures internationally. Discrepancies in pronunciation were inevitable.
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Chopin's 4th ballade and 3rd sonata.
Scriabin Op. 42 no. 1, 2, and 3.
Bach Partita No.4
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 10:32:01 PM »

@ronde - don't worry - wasn't interested in talking about politics. It's just nice to know there's another Scot in the forums.

@mjames - granted, that is a good point. Although it may have been adopted by other cultures, usually the pronunciation is kept the way it is. We say menage a trois and deja vu roughly how the french would pronounce it. We don't usually bastardise the pronunciation.

What's your opinion mjames on the pronunciation?
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