Sight Over Sound


The piano was invented in 1727.  Judging from the vast amount of composition it inspired it must have knocked the auditory socks off quite a lot of brilliant musical minds.  It was the ordinary folks who couldn't take its magic and insisted on confining notions about this instrument to a range of sounds they could identify and therefore manage to repeat reliably.
The piano's outstanding characteristic is its overtones.
The instrument's rich sound is magical and defies repetition.  
All those piano instructors insisting on repetition have it all wrong - they still haven't figured it out.  Is it too frightening?
At about the same time as the piano was invented visually transmitted information was on the rise in all kinds of fields - the new field of Visual Culture has tracked this, I am not making it up.  Notation took over.  Magic?  No, thanks.


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