Thursday, June 30, 2011

Value of composers

"Just the way a composer notates music can be significant," Anne Schreffler, chair of Harvard's music department says. "So even if they don't make changes, just seeing how they beam notes — whether the beam goes up or down, whether the notes are connected or separated, those kinds of things can give you insight into the musical structure. And when these pieces are published and printed, publishers have their own guidelines and rules, just as with printing of books. So certain aspects of the notation are always standardized. But in a manuscript, you can see a composer's idiosyncratic notation." (from a story from NPR about the sale of a score collection.)

So imagine the worth of hearing a composer speaking about the works, their inspiration and process.

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