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#953066 - 05/21/05 11:34 AM Help! How do you pronounce "Gymnopedies"?  
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How do you pronounce Erik Satie's "Gymnopedies"?
I have a student playing the first one in a recital and she has to announce it.

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#953067 - 05/22/05 09:03 AM Re: Help! How do you pronounce "Gymnopedies"?  
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Satie was French so the original pronunciation
was most likely French: zheem-no-ped-ee
(with no real stress on any syllable).
Another possibility, less likely, is a
Latin type pronunciation: gim-no-PED-ee-ess.

But in English-speaking countries words
like this are usually adapted to an
English-style pronunciation, which, based
strictly on the spelling, should
be: JIM-no-ped-eez. But this sounds rather odd,
so maybe a more conservative
English-style pronunciation might be
simply: JIM-no-peeds (rhymes with
centipedes, a word everyone
would be familiar with).

#953068 - 05/22/05 01:54 PM Re: Help! How do you pronounce "Gymnopedies"?  
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I was looking on some forums on the web and
someone said the way to pronounce it
is: GIM-no-ped-eez, a combination
of the English and Latin
pronunciations.

#953069 - 05/29/05 10:22 AM Re: Help! How do you pronounce "Gymnopedies"?  
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The Netherland
And what does it mean...?

I have been trying that piece, how long has your student been studying ?

#953070 - 05/29/05 11:14 AM Re: Help! How do you pronounce "Gymnopedies"?  
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Cali
The "gymno" part is definitely Greek = "naked".


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