What does “autolyco-sentimental” mean?

Wagner is said to have described Mayerbeer’s operas as follows: (translated into English and originally written in German, probably.) “Meyerbeer … wanted a monstrous, piebald, historico-romantic, diabolico-religious, fanatica-libidinous, sacra-frivolous, mysterio-criminal, autolyco-sentimental dramatic hodgepodge …” I can never even guess what “autolyco-” means. I didn’t find any definition in any dictionary in any language. But this … Read more

What does “snappy number” mean in Jazz?

First, I am not sure whether it would be ok to ask a question like this in this category. If it is inappropriate, I’ll erase it. I bumped into Aaron Copland’s saying, “… all American music could not possibly be confined to two dominant jazz models: the ‘blues’ and the snappy number.” I didn’t know … Read more

When and where did “clam” come to mean a missed note in a musical performance?

Someone just asked me in chat what a missed note in music is called. Without hesitation, I replied, “A clam.” It’s what I’ve always heard in academic and professional settings since forever. Only now, having to explain its usage and origin, I went looking and found only informal origins and folk-etymology explanations. One such was … Read more

Do I need to write [sic] when including a quotation with a number less than 10 that isn’t written out?

I know you have to write out numbers less than 10. However, if you’re quoting a source that doesn’t do so, do you need to write [sic] after each number less than 10 that isn’t written out? For example, should “nationwide, 25.4% of students got 8 or more hours of sleep on an average school … Read more

Why is a song’s radio edit called a ‘7″ version’?

For some reason, I used to think that a 7″ version of a song was a 7-minute long version. Then, I started noticing that most 7″ versions I came across were in fact around 3:30 long. Upon further inspection (understand “I googled the question”), I found that 7″ version was another expression for the radio … Read more

“Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up.”

There’s a linkin park song that uses this expression, what is the meaninig? Answer ‘Odds’ mean probability. “What are the odds” means ‘what is the probability’ some outcome will happen. This expression on its own means, “Let me tell you what the chances of various outcomes will be”, that is, the person saying this will … Read more

Using [sic] to correct “etc” without a period

I am quoting a passage that uses the abbreviation etc. … except that the etc has no period after it. I read here that you can use [sic] to indicate a punctuation error, but should I bother using it to indicate a lack of punctuation that should be there? Answer Using a period/full point or … Read more

What is the correct past-tense of flat & sharp in music?

Which is correct: A flatted B note was added …, or A flattened B note was added …? Likewise, would “A sharpened [or sharped] C introduces chromatic passing note …” Thanks. Answer D, when sharpened becomes D# not Eb. D, when flattened, becomes Db not C#. Free Music Theory Furthermore, the verb flatten means to … Read more