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Re: The Bach Choral Dilemma

On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, Leon van Noorden wrote:

> Why is the player not allowed to pause for each bass note?
> Why do you believe in one god in the era of scientific polytheism?
I suppose the main goal of music sheets is to preserve music for the
next generations (at least, surely this was before the invention
of sound recording). If this is true, then the notation should be
as unambiguous as possible. If the baroque notation allows for such huge
differences in performance, then it's surely failed this this goal.

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