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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000120.txt from 2002/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: [kl] Maestro
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 05:49:28 -0500

On Sat, 9 Feb 2002 17:36:19 -0500, said:

> I just want you all to remember that I started the thread because
> someone was nice enough to call me 'maestro' -- an entirely unearned
> and unjustified sobriquet -- not because of how I feel about Solti or
> Barenboim.

It's totally commonplace to be called 'maestro' in Italy -- and it's an
Italian word, after all. You're called it if you're giving someone a
lesson, for example. And anyone with any musical authority whatever
might well be addressed as 'maestro' by a non-musician, too.

I've forgotten which violinist extraordinaire it was that Nigel Kennedy
was studying with in Italy when the following incident occurred, but the
story has it that Nigel came in one morning and addressed a cheery "Buon
giorno!" to the gentleman in question.

"Buon giorno, *maestro*," came the correction.

"Oh!" said Nigel, and then proceeded to go round the entire class,
saying "Buon giorno, maestro," to everyone present, finishing with a
final, still cheery, "Buon giorno, *maestro*!" to the teacher.

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