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Re: No 'no.'
Posted by Chris Howell on February 9, 2016, 10:45 am, in reply to "No 'no.'"
If you're going to start quibbling about what the works are "called" you'll end up in mare's nest. Are they "called" what the composer called them on the manuscript? Are they "called" what they were called on the first edition? Or what they are called on the score used for the recording? Or what they are called on the record label? Either way you'll get a confusion of "symphonies", "sinfonie", "sonatas", "sonaten", and so on. And "no." isn't necessarily the abbreviation for "number" in the language the composer wrote in. The important thing is to have a simple system that everybody can understand and to use it as consistently as possible.
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