Acrostic Solution for Sunday, May 24, 2020

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Quote

(MABEL) WAGNALLS, STARS OF THE OPERA — People seldom appreciate the vast knowledge... which... orchestra players possess. ... [M]ost of them play several... instruments; and they all hold as a creed that a false note is a sin, and a variation in rhythm is a fall from grace.

Full quote

People seldom appreciate the vast knowledge of music and the remarkable ability in sight-reading which these orchestra players possess. Not one of them but has worked at his art from childhood; most of them play several different instruments; and they all hold as a creed that a false note is a sin, and a variation in rhythm is a fall from grace.

Clues and answers

A.Sources of nonhuman "songs" on a 1970s album with more than 10 million copiesWHALES
B.Rock band called the "Bad Boys from Boston"AEROSMITH
C.Hit Broadway musical with the songs "Let Me Entertain You" and "You Gotta Get a Gimmick"GYPSY
D.Country Music Hall of Fame siteNASHVILLE
E.Turn in square dancingALLEMANDE
F.Prop whose name comes from a French word meaning "squinting"LORGNETTE
G.Recurrent themeLEITMOTIF
H.Taken from a B to a C, saySHARPED
I.Fertile area for 1990s grunge musicSEATTLE
J.Capital hosting the Fajr Music Festival TEHRAN
K.Equipment for a busker, maybeACCORDION
L.What "da capo" tells you to doREPEAT
M.Work for a pit crew?SYMPHONY
N.City that hosted jazz's storied Dreamland BallroomOMAHA
O.Brought off without a single fluffFLAWLESS
P.Nation whose country music is "luk thung"THAILAND
Q.Interval from ti to do (2 wds.)HALFSTEP
R.Pause for a change of scenery, perhapsENTRACTE
S.Jumps a prima donna may makeOCTAVES
T."Peter and the Wolf" composerPROKOFIEV
U.Catcher of some wavesEARDRUM
V.Affected by "Ode to Joy," perhapsRHAPSODIC
W.Killer musical by Stephen SondheimASSASSINS
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