Discussion Forum (Archived)

Please consider registering
guest

Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

The forums are currently locked and only available for read-only access. No new posts or comments can be created.
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Pear-shaped (sounds, not airplanes)
2014/08/09
10:00pm
Avatar
deaconB
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 744
Member Since:
2013/10/18
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I’ve heard “pear-shaped sound” ever since the 1950s, initially by a music teacher when I was in on elementary school.  The dictionary says orotund, which means full and round. 

Whether round or shaped like a Seckel, how does a sound have a geometric shape?  On an oscilloscope, it’s a line, not a closed loop.  How long has this terminology been around, and where did it come from?  Dictionaries don’t seem to ever have etymologies except for the primary definition.

2014/08/10
6:36am
Avatar
Glenn
Admin
Forum Posts: 1719
Member Since:
2009/03/03
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This reference dates it back to the bel canto school, which I take to be mid-1800s.
Pear-shaped tone