No-one knows how to pronounce this major composer’s name

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  • A problem unfortunately only too common among some “presenters” on BBC Radio 3, across the whole range of composers…

  • Absolutely the same story as Pleyel! The Austrian and the French pronunciations are completely different, and he himself sometimes wrote his name Pleyl, and sometimes Pleijel, too.

  • Arthur Rubinstein wrote in his memoir that he would happily sign his autograph as Arthur, Artur, or Arturo depending on the local language wherever he was at the time. Sounds like Reicha did the same thing.

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