Space and Time, part II

The tendency in a book like this is to minimize exceptions and get on with things. But one pays a price for the space or the time one saves. (I, p. 63)

2 Comments

  1. Zach Wallmark says:

    A metaphor for the transition from orality to literacy?

  2. Mark Samples says:

    Exactly. If you know four versions of a tune, and want to put it down on parchment, you are forced to make a choice. And the scribes who took down chant probably didn’t have the leeway from their editors that Taruskin got from his.

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