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Learn Some Classical Music Slang - Japanese

These words are used only in informal situations.

Only classical music fans would understand what they mean.

 

Beto Shichi or Beto Nana

ベト7

It is a shorter way of saying Beethoven’s seventh symphony.

 

Mara Go

マラ5

Mahler’s fifth symphony

 

Bura Ichi

ブラ1

Brahms’ first symphony

 

The numbers I gave are just some examples. It can be any number.

 

Chaiko

チャイコ 

Japanese speakers think some Russian names are too long. The names are, therefore, cut short at “ko”.

“Chaiko” is a shorter version of “Tchaikovsky”.

 

Puroko

プロコ

Prokofiev

 

Shosutako

ショスタコ

Shostakovich

 

Chaikon

チャイコン

These words are somewhat tricky.

“Chaikon” refers to any of the concertos composed by Tchaikovsky (piano concertos, violin concerto) but it is also a short for the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

 

Shopakon

ショパコン

Likewise “Shopakon” could be Chopin’s piano concertos and the International Chopin Piano Competition, but the latter might be perhaps more common.

 

Burakon

ブラコン

Although there is a Brahms competition, “Burakon” almost always means concertos composed by Brahms (piano concertos, violin concerto).

 

Menkon

メンコン

Although Mendelssohn composed piano concertos too, “Menkon” usually refers to his violin concerto.

 

Motsu Reku

モツレク

“Reku” is a short form of “requiem”. “Motsu Reku” is the requiem composed by Mozart.

 

Veru Reku or Beru Reku

ヴェルレク

The requiem composed by Verdi

 

Fo Reku

フォレク

The requiem composed by Fauré

 

Harusai

ハルサイ

“Haru” means spring.  “Sai” comes from “Saiten”, which means ritual. “Harusai” is short for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

 

Fura Bura

フラブラ

Japanese concertgoers often complain on twitter and blog that some audience shouted “bravo” too soon. Such too-early bravos are called “flying bravo”.

 

“Fura Bura” is a shorter version of the “flying bravo”. “Flying” is probably a wrong English. In proper English, it is a “false start” or “jump in”.

 

Make sure you don’t do Fura Bura. Let others enjoy the silence.

 

Kura Ota

クラオタ

“Otaku” became a worldwide word thanks to anime and manga.

 

This word is used elsewhere too. Someone who is crazy about classical music is called a classical music otaku. The shortened form of this is “Kura Ota”.

 

Me?

Yes, I think I’m one of the Kura Ota people.

What about you? Are you a Kura Ota?

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