Jocelyn Wang wrote:
>The practice of completely ignoring a composer's specific instructions is
>indeed whimsical -- at best.
To me, "ignoring" indicates that the performing artist did not consider the
instructions or try to determine whether he/she would ultimately observe
those instructions. The fact remains that the artist may well have placed
significant weight on the instructions and still decided not to observe
them. A listener may like or not like what's being done, but to describe
every non-observance of the written score as as act of "ignoring" the
instructions is simply inaccurate without knowing the process used by
the artist which resulted in the non-observance.
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