A Cappella? Is That How You Spell It?
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November 17, 2015
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Some argue that early
sacred a cappella performances would sometimes include instruments that double a
human voice part. So, the correct definition of a cappella should be something
like 'singing without independent instrumental accompaniment.'
At Primarily A Cappella, we are trying to popularize this style of music, so we
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Why do those
dictionaries muddy the waters with two spellings?
The phrase was first used in Italian Catholic churches, where Latin was the
language for sacred text. Thus, the Latin spelling for 'in the style of the
chapel' - a capella - has some historical basis. However, most other musical
terms - forte, accelerando, and many others - are Italian in origin...
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