September 15, 2009 by Mark Samples
The tendency in a book like this is to minimize exceptions and get on with things. But one pays a price for the space or the time one saves. (I, p. 63)
Posted in Medieval Music | Tagged quote | 2 Comments
A metaphor for the transition from orality to literacy?
Exactly. If you know four versions of a tune, and want to put it down on parchment, you are forced to make a choice. And the scribes who took down chant probably didn’t have the leeway from their editors that Taruskin got from his.
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