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Re: AW: The Bach Choral Dilemma

Mr. wolf said:

> The role of sheet music has traditionally been that of conveying
> authoritative performance instructors to contemporary performers.

Unfortunaly, I disagree. We have lots of examples of comtemporary music with
not so authoritative performance instructions. Al least not concerned with
traditional music notition. Like the pretty important compositional and
aesthetic explorations of Cage in, for example, Variations. Or in The kind
of Denmark of Morton Feldman, for percution. In such a work the notation
don't instruct even the instruments or the rithmic patterns involved, given
a wonderful liberty to a creative participation of a permformer.

> Baroque
> notation may appear almost empty of instructions to performers specializing
> in late romantic repertoire, while Jazz notation seems equally empty to
> classical musicians who are not familiar with the notational conventions
> associated with the style. A documentary or conservation function of music
> notation is a relatively recent notion, associated with both the rise of
> historical musicology, with modern intellectual property law, and with a
> contemporary musical repertoire not based upon a stable set of performing
> conventions.

I also agree with you about the recent interest of notation for the
musicologists. But seems to me that the empty notation of barroque music is
owed by the fact that composers did not have to write everything as
precisely as we would like, because the musicians in that period knowed how
to play, how to make the ornamentation and so on. They was imbeded in that
music style. As the jazz musicians nowadays know how to play in really jazz
vibes with just melody and chords in music sheets.
Luis Felipe Oliveira

Post-graduation student in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind at São
Paulo State University;
Graduated in Composition at São Paulo State University.
Marília - SP - Brazil