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GUEST,Morris-ey Is a singer a musician? (114* d) RE: Is a singer a musician? 19 Mar 18

Observer said:

"either can be given the sheet music of a piece that they have never, ever seen or heard performed before and play, or sing, that piece exactly as the composer intended it to be heard".

Kenny asks me how I can possibly know that? I know that for certain because that is why a system of notation for writing down music was invented and evolved - It was done so that a composers work could be faithfully performed without the musicians playing ever having heard it played before."

Perhaps then Observer might explain how, if notation was a way in which the composers music could be "faithfully performed", why (in classical music particularly) the same symphony, performed by the same orchestra under different conductors, might vary in duration by many minutes, why certain parts are emphasised more or less, why a conductor is required at all?

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