It is reasonable to expect that a musician shall be at least an accurate and legible writer…
as well as a reader of the language of his Art.
The immense increase in the amount of music published, and its cheapness, seem rather to have increased than decreased this necessity, for they have vastly multiplied activity in the Art.
If they have not intensified the necessity for music-writing, they have increased the number of those by whom the necessity is felt.
Intelligent knowledge of Notation is the more necessary inasmuch as music-writing is in only a comparatively few cases mere copying.
Even when writing from a copy, some alteration is frequently necessary, as will be shown in the following pages, requiring independent knowledge of the subject on the part of the copyist.
Yet many musicians, thoroughly competent as performers, cannot write a measure of music without bringing a smile to the lips of the initiated.
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