Ian Crisp <[log in to unmask]> replies to David Runnion:
>The point I want to make, and which has been capably argued elsewhere,
>is that the presence of a sign (either kind) may be known beyond doubt,
>but the reason behind putting it there is not completely knowable if
>the composer cannot speak for himself because he's dead.
That does not mean that they should be ignored.
>To pick up an example from Deryk Barker, can we know for absolute total
>certainty that Mozart put all his repeats in for good musical/structural
>reasons, or is it just slightly possible that he may have put even just
>one repeat in against his musical judgement but just to make a piece last
>a bit longer because that was what the patron paying the bill for a bit of
>dance or background music wanted?
Without word from the composer, this is speculation, without basis for a
conclusion that the composer did this. The presence of the repeat sign,
however, is not speculation, and should be given the benefit of
>Even if 99.999+% of the time the result of that interpretation is "as
>written", there is still a chasm of logic between those who say "Play
>what's there, irrespective of everything" and those who prefer "Play
>what helps the piece to work best".
The composer is the one to decide what works best for his piece.
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