UNCA Department of Music Lecture Series

Dr. Christine Boone - Song Without Sound: Did Notation Kill Music?
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Laurel Forum - Karpen Hall - UNCA Campus

For centuries, songs were passed down orally from person to person. Musical notation was developed as a memory aid, so that performers could more faithfully reproduce songs in the way they had learned them. Singing a melody at sight, then, became an important and time-saving skill for a musician to cultivate. This talk outlines the historical development of musical notation and sight singing, and investigates both the benefits of these advances as well as drawbacks resulting from the hardening of music into a less flexible type of art.