Bob Haas highbob at MINDSPRING.COM
Tue Dec 7 17:05:50 UTC 1999

I'd wager that this sense of "mark" is linked to or is an extension of
"marking time," which is when a musician follows along with the music,
making note of his part, etc.  This from many summers on the boards
doing musical theater.  Any full-time musicians out there care to


> A recent issue of the NY Times uses a word from the jargon of opera
> singers which I don't find either in OED or the Harvard Dictionary of
> Music.  The artice is discussing the strenuous effort required to
> sing the role of Tristan, in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
> During these rehersals most singers "mark," that it, sing in
> half-voice, leaving out high notes altogether.
> New York Times, December 6, 1999, in the article on Ben Heppner on
> the front page of the Arts section.


Bob Haas
Department of English
High Point University
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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