In Print


The ancient Greeks struggled with the transition from an oral to a written culture - a favorite reference on the subject is The Muse Learns to Write by Eric Havelock, a very readable small book on a very large topic.  In the book he noted that the recording is becoming the modern equivalent of the printed word.
How right he was!
Performances on recording are frozen in time and in approach.  
Much work continues to be done on the "meaning" of the written musical symbol, which is subject to so many variables that its actual "content"can never be determined once and for all but must be recreated for every era, for every ear.



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