"Trupa lor a cântat șase melodii în concert."

Translation:Their band played six melodies in the concert.

January 29, 2018

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I recently attended a violin masterclass here in Romania (I've only lived here a bit less than two months, so don't understand much of the language yet), and noticed that the verb "a cânta" was used when asking the participants to play on their violins. Is this common usage in the world of instruments, in this case stringed instruments, to use"a cânta" when referring to playing an instrument (as opposed to singing with one's voice)?


Yes, Romanian uses the same verb to describe singing and playing an instrument (eu cânt - eu cânt la vioară/ la pian/la chitară/etc.). French uses "jouer" which is similar to "to play" ( je chante - je joue du violon). Italian uses "suonare" (more or less "to sound") ( io canto - io suono il violino)


Thank you! I had rather assumed it was like this, but wanted to confirm it.


I think that Romanian is the only romance language using the same verb both for sing and play... Just like Latin itself!


Bands play songs; songs contain melodies. A melody is not a song. Even if the literal translation is melody, the target language (in this case, English) makes more sense with songs. BTW, I actually have a music degree.


the correct translation for "melodie" is "song" -- what a strange concert with just six melodies...


Should "tunes" be allowed as well as "melodies"?


Their band sang?


Melodii can be translate to mean melodies as well as songs. In reality, a song can have multiple melodies, so this translation should be six songs. In response to Lajos905235, depending on the length of each song, a set (the time a band plays) could in fact be only six songs. If you have ever listened to the band Yes, their song "Close to the Edge" was a entire side of an album, almost 30 minutes long.


Why is it in this case 'in the concert' and not 'the melodies'?


Frustrant faptul ca te obliga sa pui melodii in loc de cantece...


There is an English idiom "in concert" which means "as part of a concert performance". Unlike other prepositional phrases, where the English requires a definite article (e.g. "on the table"), "in concert" is sufficient.

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