Mudcat Café message #1730611 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90738   Message #1730611
Posted By: Northerner
30-Apr-06 - 01:28 PM
Thread Name: best a capella groups
Subject: RE: best a capella groups
Another website slant on it.

"A Capella?
Some musical dictionaries indicate the Italian a cappella is preferred over the Latin a capella (one "p") yet both are technically correct. 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. Since the Italian spelling is more consistent with other musical terms, it has been used more frequently."