“Play the C sharp and just think the B flat”

February 12, 2010

Julian Bream playing classical guitarIn this week’s Torah (old testament) portion, Parashat Mishpatim, read on Shabbat (Saturday) in synagogues around the world, we encounter an example of a homonymic antonym: words that sound the same but have opposite meanings.

In this blog I’d like to illustrate the concept of homonymic antonyms with some examples from the Torah, wrapping it all up with a surprisingly related anecdote from the musical world of Benjamin Britten, Julian Bream, and the classical guitar. Read the rest of this entry »