notations 21

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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of contemporary notation! Here’s my take on how to interpret some of the strange things composers put in front of us.

This is the second video of my Oboe 21 series, and in fact, my second vlog ever. It’s been really cool learning to do this, so I hope you enjoy. More coming on Wednesday!

“Ancient Egyptian music notation from a set of 6 parchments described by German musicologist Hans Hickmann in his 1956 book Musicologie Pharaonique, or Music under the Pharaohs, as dating from the 5th to 7th centuries C.E. Colors are presumed to indicate pitch and size to indicate duration. Presumably in New York’s Metropolitan Museum collections. This image comes from Theresa Sauer’s book Notations 21.”