Bravo, Brava, Bravi
Posted 16 April 2002 - 06:31 PM
Posted 02 May 2002 - 09:45 AM
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Posted 03 May 2002 - 12:03 PM
The worst thing in the world, to me, would be to have someone feel stifled by cultural norms. ;)
As for what form of appreciation is typically American, I'm sure there will be others who will respond later... I, too, have be known to whistle at performances...but only those in which my offspring is dancing.
I also do stand up and clap very loudly with a big smile on my face if I really love something - I wonder if the "standing ovation" is considered universal?
Posted 16 April 2002 - 04:32 PM
Posted 16 April 2002 - 04:38 PM
Posted 11 April 2002 - 10:03 AM
I came to realize that audience members without knowledge of Italian grammar might have thought I was acting superior. On one of my subscriptions there was a guy who, every time I yelled "Bravi!" would shout "Bravisssimo!" apparently under the impression I was using a superlative and going me one better. I recall a reference by Clive Barnes once, to a Bravo, Brava, Bravi shouter (not me), whom he considered, at best, quaint.
These days I don't do much shouting, limiting my expressions of approval to either polite or vigorous clapping. But I feel uncomfortable when a Darci Kistler or Kyra Nichols is greeted with enthusiastic cries of Bravo rather than Brava. Of course, with younger members of the audience, whoops and hollers have largely replaced Bravos. I have mixed feelings about that, but at least they are gender-neutral.
Posted 17 April 2002 - 06:28 AM
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Posted 30 April 2002 - 09:50 AM
I was fortunate to learn my bravo/brava/bravi from my daughters' violin teacher. When one of them would finish a piece she would clap and exclaim, "Brava! Brava!" One day when I got roped into playing a piano accompaniment, she changed to "Bravi! Bravi tutti!" (Knowing what I now know, I suppose it should have been "Brave! Brave tutte!")
Posted 02 May 2002 - 10:17 AM
Nope, I don't sit near him -- but I do have a very clear view of him. He has his own box seat, I'm up in the balcony.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 03:49 PM
Posted 02 May 2002 - 06:39 AM
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