[Smt-talk] Car names (William Caplin)

Fiona McAlpine fe.mcalpine at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jul 24 23:41:26 PDT 2012

You notice that these car names are not at some deep theoretical level; they are what a small aquaintance with movement names in youthful piano students, or concert-goers, will bring. We wait in vain – or indeed trepidation – for the Secondary Dominant flitting about our roads.
More to the point is the names we don't want. I won't be buying the Prestissimo when it comes out. I'm not seriously worried however, as it has too many syllables to pass the easy-international-pronunciation rule.
Now, if we were given the opportunity to choose a name, what about Da Capo? Easy to pronounce. the old Irish famer with his horse & dray, and at the end of a jolly good night at the pub the horse carts him back home, blotto in the dray. If they could invent a car like that, I might well buy it!
(Dr) Fiona McAlpine
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Subject: Re: [Smt-talk] Car names (William Caplin)

Having owned a Hyundai Sonata a few years ago I couldn't help but
reply to William Caplin's post.

The only American car I know that has a musicological bent is the Ford
Tempo from the 1990s.
Other US cars include Nissan Note, Toyota Duet, or how about the Skoda Octavia?
One current non-US car in production for 2013 is the new Kia Forte.
I am sure there are more out there though.

Stuart Paul Duncan
Music Theory Student, Yale University
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