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Updated on Feb 5, 2019. Posted on Feb 26, 2016

16 Words That Mean Something Totally Different To Musicians

Can you Handel this list, or will you have to turn Bach?

1. Reception

Twitter: @themusicalmuse

What it usually means: A social occasion after a recital where one might congratulate the performer.

What it means to classical musicians: A free-for-all food frenzy that you feel you've earned after sitting through two hours of new music.

2. Accompanist

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What it usually means: A person who provides musical accompaniment.

What it means to classical musicians: A person who deserves the utmost respect for saving your ass when you make mistakes and putting up with your general craziness.

3. Practice

Twitter: @WriteMeADream

What it usually means: Repeated exercise in a particular skill in order to become proficient.

What it means to classical musicians: The reason you spend 4-5 hours a day locked in a room, and also the reason you have no social life.

4. Exposure

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What it usually means: Being introduced or subjected to something.

What it means to classical musicians: What some people think it's OK to pay you in.

5. Page-turner

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What it usually means: Someone who turns pages for you.

What it means to classical musicians: Someone who holds the fate of your recital's success in their potentially clumsy hands.

6. Teacher

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What it usually means: A person who educates people and helps them learn new things.

What it means to classical musicians: A figure that instills both great respect and crippling fear inside you.

7. Solo

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What it usually means: A thing done by one person only.

What it means to classical musicians: A chance to show off your fancy cadenza and all the skills you've mastered, after you overcome the paralyzing stage fright.

8. Conduct

Twitter: @MercuryClassics

What it usually means: The act of managing an activity or organization.

What it means to classical musicians: The act of zeroing in on the person who fucked up and staring at them until they feel uncomfortable.

9. Counterpoint

Twitter: @DJ_Booradley

What it usually means: An argument or idea used to create a contrast with the main theme.

What it means to classical musicians: The class where you have a ton of red marks on your homework because you missed that fucking parallel fifth, goddammit.

10. Staff

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What it usually means: The people who are employed by a particular organization.

What it means to classical musicians: That thing you cannot draw straight or evenly to save your life.

11. Sleep

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What it usually means: An act of rest that usually occurs at night.

What is means to classical musicians: Something that you have to get in 10-minute bursts between rehearsals.

12. Composer

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What it usually means: Someone who writes music, such as Bach, Mozart, or Schumann.

What it means to classical musicians: Your slightly pretentious friend who might actually being trying to kill all musicians with his ~experimental~ compositions.

13. Audition

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What it usually means: An interview featuring a practical skill, such as singing, dancing, acting, or playing.

What it means to classical musicians: An event that puts your stomach in knots because everything is riding on it and it could literally CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

14. Instrument

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What it usually means: An object or device used to produce musical sounds.

What it means to classical musicians: The source of your joy, your pain, and your income. Basically, your child.

15. Poster

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What it usually means: A large printed picture used for decoration.

What it means to classical musicians: Something for which you have to be both funny and hot in a desperate attempt to fill seats at your recital.

16. Music

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What it usually means: Vocal or instrumental sounds produced in such a way that creates harmony.

What is means to classical musicians: A way of life that is sometimes difficult, but you couldn't imagine doing anything else.

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