What is Music Notation For?

September 20, 2011

Dennis DeSantis is intransigent. He has had it with elaborate scores that add nothing to the aural result but complicate the musician’s task. In a clear and easy-to read article, he declares:

Notation should be considered a set of instructions for performers. And nothing else.

2 Responses to “What is Music Notation For?”

  1. davidcoll said

    there is also a poetic side of notation.

  2. rogerevans said

    Straw man. There is also a poetic side to fashion, but nobody claims that the outfit worn by a bicyclist, footballer, or concert singer is cycling, football playing, or singing. It’s a separate thing.

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