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The Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) also bears a Latin name (as does indeed the Dover sole [Solea solea]). The red harengus, spawning in the proliferation of the choppy blogoon is much more red-topped and sadly lacks gracious nomenclature. The former's, however, does appear to have a reasonably fitting ring to it if one is slightly dyslexic and bestowed with abundant imagination.

Red herrings!

This is an invariable rule of art history: only when a painter is painting what appeals to him, in a way that appeals to him, is there a chance of producing a worthwhile picture.
-- Hereward Lester Cooke (1916-1973) US artist and art historian, also known as 'Sherlock Holmes of the Art World' for work in solving art mysteries of attribution.

A pity that within contemporary reportage, 'worthwhile' tends to equate less to 'accuracy' than 'as many ripples as possible' upon a paparazzi-adoring, sensation-orientated, often-fishy scale.

Copyright © 8 December 2007 Jennifer I Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland


The International Music Score Library Project was closed in November 2007. The owner's comments about the closure appear on the site. Read Jonathan Irons' comments (for Universal Edition) on the closure in The rise and fall of the International Music Score Library Project. Continuing discussions about the future of IMSLP appear on the IMSLP forum.

Jennifer I Paull is author of Cathy Berberian and Music's Muses (Amoris Imprint, 2007).

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