One of my favorite memories is from many years ago, coaching a string quartet of high school students at Mannes Prep.  They were nervous about having to pass sight-reading tests to get into music school.  I had them practice paying attention to the articulations rather than to the notes.  The first to try this reported that the tester said: "That's not fair; you know the piece!"
Without the punctuation we have no idea what to listen for.  All the intangibles of music are contained in the articulations.
Ah!  But the Rameau I recently put up on YouTube has no articulations whatsoever.  So how did I get inside of this piece?  By listening to what each tone wanted to do and then not getting in its way.  
Sounds simple.  Try it.


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