Writing Records

Albin J. Zak III

in The Poetics of Rock

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218093
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928152 | DOI:
Writing Records

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This chapter provides a brief historical sketch of the changes that sound recording has brought to the conception of music and how these affected the development of rock. Composers have relied upon the encryption of musical ideas in symbolic notation to fashion and preserve their works for centuries. Now, musical ideas can be embodied as concrete aural images. Most composers of concert music continue to use musical notation exclusively. They belong to a tradition of written musical expression which has developed in such a way that musical relationship and ideas can be represented in great detail through writing alone. Composers include more and more of the details of their musical thought in the scores that they write, and by the early twentieth century, the written score had attained an unprecedented degree of specificity and authority.

Keywords: music; instrument; records; composers; sound recording

Chapter.  9239 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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