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Second Fiddle

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(Fox 1939). This musical was a timely spoof of a topic very much on the minds of moviegoers in 1939: the casting of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind ...

Second Fiddle

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
Length:
254 words

... Fiddle (Fox 1939 ). This musical was a timely spoof of a topic very much on the minds of moviegoers in 1939 : the casting of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind ( 1939 ). In Harry Tugend 's screenplay, Consolidated Pictures brings in candidate number 436 to test for the role of Violet Jansen in the period epic Girl of the North , who turns out to be Trudi Hovland ( Sonja Henie ), a school teacher and skating instructor from Minnesota . Although he is smitten by her, publicity executive Jimmy Sutton ( Tyrone Power ) sets up a phony romance between...

second fiddle

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
4 words
Second Fiddle

Second Fiddle  

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Overview Page
Subject:
Music
(Fox 1939). This musical was a timely spoof of a topic very much on the minds of moviegoers in 1939: the casting of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind ...
Popular Culture

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,520 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...the same mélange of second-hand works on topics such as gardening, mensuration, *astrology , herbals, perspective drawing, and domestic medicine that was available to urban artisan bricoleurs like Pierce Egan. While working in Soho, Egan imbibed an eclectic mix of fiction from Augustan worthies like Sterne, Fielding, and Smollett, alongside a plethora of underworld topographies, chap-book *romances , gallows speeches, and Newgate Calendar biographies [ see *Newgate literature ]. John Clare's zest for song, *satire , fiddle-playing, and dancing was...

Cats And The Fiddle

Cats And The Fiddle  

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Music
This African-American vocal/instrumental group from Chicago, Illinois, USA, featured original members Austin Powell (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy Henderson (first tenor, tipple), Ernie Price (second ...
Fly (Dixie Chicks album)

Fly (Dixie Chicks album)  

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Music
The group sings, plays, and writes beautifully on their second release, Fly. Crossover success has not taken the country out of the Chicks - Martie Seidel’s fiddle and mandolin and ...
second

second  

The ordinal number constituting number two in a sequence, coming after the first in time or order. The word comes (in Middle English, via Old French) from Latin secundus ‘following, second’, from the ...
James Kirke Paulding

James Kirke Paulding  

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Literature
(1778–1860),born in New York state, was reared at Tarrytown, where he became intimate with Washington Irving, whose brother William had married Paulding's sister. He was a member of their informal ...
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel  

(b. 31 Oct. 1875, d. 15 Dec. 1950).Deputy Prime Minister of India 1947–50A successful criminal lawyer born at Nadiad, he went to England (1910–13) to be admitted to the Bar. There, he was profoundly ...
Los Angeles

Los Angeles  

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For many years the city played second fiddle to its northern rival San Francisco, although it was a good legitimate theatre town with such people as Oliver Morosco running theatres ...
‘Fiddle’ Fugue

‘Fiddle’ Fugue   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
41 words

...‘Fiddle’ Fugue . Nickname of J. S. Bach's Fugue in D minor for organ, bwv 539:2 ( 1720 ), so called because it is an arrangement of the second movement of the Sonata in G minor for solo violin ( 1720...

‘Wesley, Mary’

‘Wesley, Mary’ (1912–2002)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...Fiction Jumping the Queue ( 1983 ) Fiction Haphazard House ( 1983 ) Children's Fiction The Camomile Lawn ( 1984 ) Fiction Harnessing Peacocks ( 1985 ) Fiction The Vacillations of Poppy Carew ( 1986 ) Fiction Not That Sort of Girl ( 1987 ) Fiction Second Fiddle ( 1988 ) Fiction A Sensible Life ( 1990 ) Fiction A Dubious Legacy ( 1992 ) Fiction An Imaginative Experience ( 1994 ) Fiction Part of the Furniture ( 1997 ) Fiction Part of the Scenery ( 2001 ) Non-Fiction...

Wesley, Mary

Wesley, Mary (1912–2002)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...novel, Jumping the Queue ( 1983 ), a black comedy of the upper classes about a woman intent on committing suicide. It was followed by The Camomile Lawn ( 1984 ), Harnessing Peacocks ( 1985 ), The Vacillations of Poppy Carew ( 1986 ), Not that Sort of Girl ( 1987 ), Second Fiddle ( 1988 ), A Sensible Life ( 1990 ), A Dubious Legacy ( 1992 ), and An Imaginative Experience ( 1994 ). All the novels share an unconventional morality closely observing an upper-class world whose besetting sins are indifference and cruelty. The plots deal with a variety...

rabāb

rabāb   Reference library

Jeremy Montagu

The Oxford Companion to Music

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
166 words

...rabāb [ rababa , rebab , rubāb , rubob , etc.] A term used in many different places for stringed instruments, all with a skin belly. Some types are bowed *spike fiddles with resonators of various shapes; these include the quadrangular rababa of the Middle East, the Libyan rababa with its hemispherical gourd resonator, and the Javanese rebab with a body made from half a coconut shell. Other types, for example the short-necked, boat-shaped bowed rebab of North Africa (from which the European *rebec derived), have the resonator and the neck...

Erhu

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Haiwang YUAN

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

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Current Version:
2016

...tom christensen. An old man plays the erhu in a park. The fiddle-like instrument is renowned for its versatile timbre; its music can sound sad and serene as well as exciting and vivacious. photo by tom christensen. Since the 1950s, a complete set of erhu variants has been developed for orchestra performance. The set includes the gaohu (high-pitched fiddle), which sounds higher than the erhu ; zhonghu (middle-pitched fiddle), which plays the role of a viola; and dihu (low-pitched fiddle), which performs like a cello. Liu Tianhua ( 1895–1932 ),...

Happy Days

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...Days , a play by Samuel Beckett , first performed in 1961 ; it involves Winnie, who spends the action with her shopping bag and parasol on a low mound in the hot and glaring sun, embedded in the first act up to her waist, and in the second to her neck. She is awoken by a piercing bell from off-stage, fiddles with a toothbrush, a handkerchief, her spectacles, and other domestic items, and even when she can no longer use her hands keeps up a brisk chatter, sometimes talking to herself, sometimes to her unresponsive husband, Willie, who has a ‘tail’, who...

Koniev, Marshal Ivan Stepanovich

Koniev, Marshal Ivan Stepanovich (1897–1973)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Military History

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004

...did better, swinging up from the south after Zhukov's frontal attack stalled, Stalin let Zhukov capture the Reichstag. Koniev then seized Prague in the last battle of the European war. He was governor of the Soviet occupation zone in Austria ( 1945–6 ). Although he played second fiddle to Zhukov (but only just) during the war, after it he commanded the Warsaw Pact forces from 1955 to 1960 and served as inspector general of the Soviet Ministry of Defence until his death. Christopher...

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
190 words

...Maryland . Although Baltimore was the scene of occasional theatricals in the early 18th century, it long played second fiddle to nearby Annapolis, which called itself “The Athens of America” and where Douglass , Hallam , and the American Company performed regularly. Thomas Wall and Adam Lindsay built Baltimore's first important playhouse in 1781 on East Baltimore Street and opened it in January of the following year. In 1794 Thomas Wignell and Alexander Reinagle erected the Holliday Street Theatre , which with several rebuildings...

O'Donnell, Hugh

O'Donnell, Hugh (1572–1602)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Irish History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
264 words

...in Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh's Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill (Life of Red Hugh O'Donnell ). This biography, which portrays Red Hugh at the centre of events, has distorted historical interpretation. O'Donnell was certainly more impulsive than O'Neill, but he generally played second fiddle to the older man. Hiram...

Henniker, Hon. Mrs Arthur

Henniker, Hon. Mrs Arthur (1855–1923)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005

...), ‘Of course I should not have kept her respectable, & made a nice, decorous, dull woman of her at the end, but shd have let her go to the d— for the man…But gentle F. H. naturally had not the heart to do that.’ They shared an opposition to vivisection. Henniker's novel Second Fiddle ( 1912 ) describes the life of a rich, kind, well-meaning woman, whom life persistently disappoints and frustrates. The account of her marriage to a selfish flirt is genuinely poignant. Hardy commented, interestingly, that it belonged to the new fashion for novels covering a...

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