Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Linguistics and music

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, I've heard people repeating the old chestnut about how being good at linguistics correlates closely with being good at math and music. This weekend, passed through various hands (virtually speaking), this photo came to me (I think the actual HT goes to TG here, if I understand the chain of transmission):

So, who the heck is listed as Friedrich Nietzsche here?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Um, that would be *the* Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher (1844-1900), who was a composer in his youth. He was a classical philologist as well -- a linguist if you will. Too bad the concert organizers' broadminded and historically informed understanding of what makes a "linguist" isn't shared by more people.

Mr. Verb said...

So, do we need an official Mr. Verb symbol to add to posts meaning 'this is ironic'?

q-pheevr said...

Now I really want to hear Jackendoff's setting of "Fisches Nachtgesang." The poem has a very clear metrical structure, but I'm not sure how I would go about singing or reciting it....