- Orchestrations where I would have expected to see orchestration. I promise you, I never saw "orchestrations," plural, when I was in school. "Orchestration" was considered to refer to every particular point of instrumentation.
- The "Great" Symphony, by Schubert. Come hear Schubert's "Great" Symphony! This particular horror is turning up on orchestra web sites, for crying out loud. The correct term is "Great" C Major Symphony, to distinguish it from the "Little" C Major Symphony. Or Symphony No. 9 in C Major (the "Great"). Don't use this as if it were "From the New World" or "Rhenish." Schubert's "Great" symphony: wrong, wrong, wrong.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I've seen a couple of usages become common in the last few years that strike me as just plain wrong. Thank goodness I have a nice public place to rant about this.