A Conversation for The Three Ages of Music

to read? or not to read?

Post 1


I was thinking about the argued question of whether to read the music you are playing, or play from memory/by ear/imagination and it occurred to me that music is a lot like cooking in that when you don't know the recipe well, it helps to follow it in writing.

So most of the time, if you can boil water without a recipe, you can play a tune without the score smiley - geek

to read? or not to read?

Post 2


Hello Kitty. I know that people have very habitual attitudes to reading; I feel myself that once the score has nothing more to tell you you should stop looking at it. A lot of people simply don't know where else to look. In this connection I like to quote Couperin who said "Look at your audience, as though you were occupied with nothing else".

The only attempt at a counter-argument that I have seen is from a pianinst who remarked that a certain string of minim chords (in a Beethoven sonata? can't remember) had a wonderfully calming look to them, or something like that.

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