Definitions

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  • adj. Not performable; that cannot be performed.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ performable

Examples

  • Musically, Die Soldaten was called unperformable often during its early years, one critic saying it had taken the twelve-tone “atonal” style to its outer limits.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Performances were few and far between for a while until musicians and singers learned how to perform the “unperformable” opera Franz Schubert’s Symphony #9 and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” were also called unperformable when first presented to the Vienna Philharmonic and the Hungarian State Opera respectively.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • "I really wonder, as an unperformable thought experiment, whether if the MAMMOTH book had included a token one or two writers of color or female gender, if these writers would have returned their paychecks or even spoken out when the current controversy arose."

    TOC: The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley

  • I really wonder, as an unperformable thought experiment, whether if the MAMMOTH book had included a token one or two writers of color or female gender, if these writers would have returned their paychecks or even spoken out when the current controversy arose.

    TOC: The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley

  • I saw a version years ago which made me think the play was a closet drama, to be read not performed, perhaps unperformable.

    Sexist split infinitive

  • Anthony Tommasini likes it "a miraculous realization of an opera once deemed unperformable".

    Compare and Contrast 10

  • Even if the actions are unperformable, the gadgets are broken, and the ingredients are nowhere to be found - the game is in the substitution, or in the creation of a completely new formula to resolve the conflict.

    The bait. The hook. The switch.

  • Yes, it was a problematic performance of an almost-unperformable piece.

    Beethoven's Messiah?

  • If Boulez and Stockhausen have written music that is all but inaccessible at best and unperformable at worst, then Bernstein wrote music that was all but useless.

    Reappreciation?: Bernstein's Mass

  • We went to his beautiful Finchley home for coaching on various pieces including the Mozart B flat Sonata K454 and the Brahms G major at 18 one can be arrogant enough to imagine that one can bring off that raw, tender, agonising and unperformable work.

    Emanuel Hurwitz

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