Music Monday: Shaw: Partita

So often, in the concert music world, we have a tendency to get caught up in the score. It's not hard to see why: Performances are fleeting and hard to pin down, whereas the printed score is physically there; you can look at it and pick it to pieces and study a given musical moment for hours without having to move on to the next. Still, at the end of the day, scores aren't music. Scores are instructions for making music. For some styles of music, Western notation provides a precise set of instructions indeed, but there are many sounds it's less adept at capturing, and pieces that incorporate them can be a resounding reminder that music lives in sounds heard, not ink printed.

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