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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000223.txt from 2005/08

From: Joseph Wakeling <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Vibrato, color, vibration (was Stolzman & Copland Concerto)
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 18:06:18 -0400

Adam Michlin wrote:

> Vibrating the sound.

Naa. The sound *is* the vibration.

> I've decided I really like the term fluctuation. If it's good enough
> for Grove and Harvard, it's good enough for me. A fluctuation in pitch
> seems much clearer than a vibration in pitch.

Decide what you like, but you seemed to think you were speaking
"scientifically", so I thought a few points on that score were worth
making. :-)

For what it's worth, pitch fluctuation is probably a better term than
pitch vibration for vibrato, since most vibrato is more complex than
straightforward vibration. But it's not to say that the pitch *can't*
vibrate/oscillate (just to introduce another term;-).

> Ya gotta love the English language,

I do.

Incidentally, in France one finds books described as being "Traduit de
l'anglais" and "Traduit de l'americain". Two cultures divided by a
common language indeed. :-)

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