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Have I ever talked to you about the arguments I used to get into with Roger Chartier about whether a musical score was a text? I still don't know whether he was just playing devil's advocate, but he seemed stone opposed.
 
Ha! Isn't that a little like arguing whether Obama is a liberal? Or whether there's justice in the world? "If I have exhausted the justifications I have reached bedrock, and my spade is turned. Then I am inclined to say, 'This is simply what I do.'"
 
He had a whole theory about scores being too closely tied to performance, which is crazy, because his whole THING (one of them anyways) is getting people to look at plays seriously as texts, where performance and reproduction are subject to the constraints of the physical… sigh
 
I've reached the point, in both life and as a musician, where I find this amusing so long as it doesn't get in the way of 1. actually performing some music or 2. actually writing some music. I don't feel that Muchmore really makes his case that he couldn't have written his example in an ordinary way (even tho' the visualist in me admires the calligraphic quality of his score). If it helps him to understand his own process, then great. I applaud that.

After carefully reading what he said he was trying to do in his own composition, it could have been written in an ordinary manner—of course, the other version is precisely more visually engaging but this verges on eccentricity purely for the sake of eccentricity. It smells a bit self-indulgent.

I'm more impressed by +Whitney Trettien 's comment "This is simply what I do." A much more honest approach . . .

The map is not the territory, the score is not the music (and no, I don't believe that a musical score is a "text" and I don't find that contradictory to believing that a play's script can be viewed as a text).
 
I actually found myself bursting out with laughter (of agreement and understanding) upon reading this — http://www.dennisdesantis.com/2011/03/01/notation-a-manifesto — as it was cited in Muchmore's column, partly since he disagreed with DeSantis.

After all, "Certain instruments – in particular, most percussion instruments – do not sustain. Notation cannot make them do so." :D
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