[Smt-talk] Car names (William Caplin)

Eugene Montague eugene_m at gwu.edu
Wed Jul 25 08:53:40 PDT 2012

In this context we probably shouldn't overlook the Morris Major and (far more popular) Morris Minor, both from the 1950s.  I doubt there are many models of either to be seen over here in the States, except on PBS Masterpiece.  I'm not sure if Morris intended any musical references in the names, or if they were purely denoting a functional hierarchy.

Motor on!


Eugene Montague
Assistant Professor
Department of Music
The George Washington University

eugene_m at gwu.edu

On Jul 25, 2012, at 6:43 AM, smt-talk-request at lists.societymusictheory.org wrote:

> From: William Caplin <caplin at music.mcgill.ca>
> Date: July 23, 2012 12:27:22 PM EDT
> To: smt-talk Talk <smt-talk at societymusictheory.org>
> Subject: [Smt-talk] Car names
> What do you all make of the latest trend of Asian car manufacturers naming their cars after musical terms?
> We already have Hyundai's "Sonata" and "Accent" (two of my own major areas of research).  Then there's Kia's "Rondo."  And just today I read about a new electric car from China named "Coda."  (I suppose a "Cadence" can't be too far in the future.)  
> Clearly there's a prestige factor associated with music in Asia that doesn't seem to resonate with North American or European makers.  
> Have I missed others?  
> Wishing you all a pleasant summer!
> Bill
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