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    Question Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    So sorry, but I have to end a stupid debate and needed to find what your experience has taught you!

    Pronunciation of celesta

    Seh-lesta or Cheh-lesta? Or something else?

    Dictionaries differ on this one, and I've got a pompous friend. Your take?

    Thanks, Tweed!

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    Re: OT: Lame trivial debate...

    I always thought it was like
    cell es tay
    But I think your first one is correct

    I am probably Waaaayyy off though...
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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    tweedbox, I believe it depends on where you are from. I have heard both versions you offered from respected cnductors and performers. Brian, sorry but... nope.
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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    Quote Originally Posted by thesoundsmith
    Brian, sorry but... nope.
    LOL!!
    Maybe that's just how I hear it used down here in Texas...hehe

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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    I've always heard it pronounced "tchellesst." No sissy "...ta" endings. That's not manly.

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    "Celeste" like "Cello" where I come from. In context; "Hey mate, can I have a beer with that Celeste..."
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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    I hope "Che-less-ta" is right, because if it isn't, I've been mispronouncing it all my life!
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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    c'est francais you Anglo-Saxons :-P

    I don't think the Che interpretation is right. It's not Italian as far as I know.

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    Re: Lame trivial debate...pronunciation of celesta

    Hey guys, thanks for the responses thus far!

    Seems as if this could be rather down the line, eh?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Witkam
    c'est francais you Anglo-Saxons :-P

    I don't think the Che interpretation is right. It's not Italian as far as I know.
    Yeah, seemed to be my findings too. Although my friend explained to me that it was Italian in origin, a google search indicated it was invented in Paris in 1886 by a French instrument manufacturer named Auguste Mustel.

    http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=1,1,4,13

    Although, it's sounding a bit like the che is currently most popular. I personally called it with the "seh" and was made to feel unhuman...LOL! I'd be curious as to what Garritan calls it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Cairns
    "Celeste" like "Cello" where I come from. In context; "Hey mate, can I have a beer with that Celeste..."
    Did someone say beer?! Boy, that settles it, a beer is the right answer!

    Thanks for the responses guys...interesting stuff!

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