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The Development of Music NotationaNotational Practices of the Middle Ages and How They Reveal A Changing Philosophy of Music Public Deposited

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  • Most young musicians are taught to read music as early as they learn to play or sing. The first few pages of any beginning band book show a circle on a set of lines and spaces, declaring, “This is an A.” Of course, the circle is not an A. “A” is what we call the sound that vibrates at 440 cycles per second, but teachers point to the picture on the page and call it “A”.Written music and sounded music are rarely distinguished in the classroom setting. Around 600 BCE, Isidore of Seville is quoted saying, “For unless sounds are held in the memory by man they perish, because they cannot be written down.”1 Isidore lived in a time long before any practical means of notating music had been invented; to him, the idea of writing down music was incomprehensible. However, written music and music as an aural experience have developed side by side for thousands of years of music history. Just like language existed before letters, so did music predate the written notes, but modern musicians often view them as one in the same.
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