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Many English words are related to Latin, amongst the best known are those from when Caesar first saw the Britons and declared "weeny, weedy, weaky".
 
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Last night was my regular Thursday evening orchestra. We don't do concerts as we have gaps in the orchestra so not practical, but we rehearse a 'programme' for about 6 or 7 weeks, then change to a new set of music. This half term we have a couple of short pieces by Mussorgsky and Grieg, Schubert symphony #2 and Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture (aka "Fingal's Cave").
The Mendelssohn is a marvellous piece, written by him during a visit to Scotland, but the string writing, including the cello line, is fiendish.
 

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Add 3 more sharps to the key signature and then play it on the bari sax just as if it is written in the treble clef.
I had to do that in summer school - was given a bassoon part to play on bari, and bizarrely I had to do the opposite of playing an Eb bass part on cello, so add 3 flats and read as if in bass... accidentals get messy
 

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accidentals get messy
Yes. I've only tried it once, trying to play a Bb clarinet part on bassoon. (As far as I remember, I had to subtract two sharps and imagine it was in tenor clef.) I gave up after the first accidental.
 
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Torn Achilles' tendon progress: another trip to physiotherapist yesterday which resulted in angle of the boot being lowered to 10 degrees. Next week, the wedge sole plate comes off the boot to be replaced with a flat one and the angle is reduced to zero/level. I then see the consultant orthopaedic surgeon again the following week. After another two weeks, the boot should then come off and I will finally be able to sleep properly (I tore it on 31 July). Then physiotherapy starts in earnest...
 
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This is a theorbo - it is a baroque bass lute which has two necks - one for the standard bass lute strings and the longer one for the diapason strings. The modern harp guitar is similar in concept. As it has gut strings, requires to be tuned a lot. The reason being that gut strings 'breath' and absorb or release water vapour, which affects the mass of the string. It takes several hours to reach equilibrium. In a concert hall, add hundreds of breathing humans and there is no chance to reach equilibrium, which means constant re-tuning.

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