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Music Notation is authoritative in every respect: written by a teacher and composer of international reputation; devoted to every phase of modern practice in the subject; concisely presented against a minimum historical background; all terms are defined upon first use. The text describes and illustrates not only the elements of notation common to all forms, but idiomatic notation for instruments and voices as well. It offers detailed guidance concerning music manuscript writing and the preparation of score and ...
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Overview

Music Notation is authoritative in every respect: written by a teacher and composer of international reputation; devoted to every phase of modern practice in the subject; concisely presented against a minimum historical background; all terms are defined upon first use. The text describes and illustrates not only the elements of notation common to all forms, but idiomatic notation for instruments and voices as well. It offers detailed guidance concerning music manuscript writing and the preparation of score and parts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800854539
  • Publisher: Taplinger Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1979
  • Series: Crescendo Book Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 482
  • Sales rank: 680,430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    My first job out of Music School was as a music typesetter. This

    My first job out of Music School was as a music typesetter. This book proved invaluable to our shop. Don't forget, the book was written in 1964, when music typewriters (which we used) were the cutting edge technology. The basics of music notation haven't changed. The technology has.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    More than just little black dots

    I bought this book with very high expectations. I had read about it online on famous guitarist/composer Steve Vai's website, so I figured that it must be a great book. The book encompasses the basic and complex components of notation. Read gives a brief history of notation in Part I starting with the Ancient Greeks and how it progressed throughout the centuries. In Part II, which I believe is the most important part for anybody, starts with the basics of the staff and note names and types and then goes into detail on meters, polyrhythms, ornaments, dynamics, and so on. In Part III, Read gives insight towards the different instrument families and talks about their clefs, ranges, abilities and limitations, and their unique special effects. Part IV talks about techniques used for score writing and revising. You'll be amazed at what you can find in this book. I put this book to great use when I compose. I would recommend this book to any composer or transcriptionist. This book is a must for any musician.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Informative Text, but Outdated

    I found almost all of the book helpful and very informative. The style is a bit formal, dry, and stodgy at times, but the accompanying examples and an occasional attempt at humor tend to lighten the tone. The final section of the book discusses manuscript paper and the tools for handwriting scores, something that I would guess few composers do (or need to do), given the excellent music-writing software available today. For my needs, the book was perfect; it allowed me to use my composition software to best effect. However, it could use some major revision in certain areas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2000

    Someone bans 'Jeff Burns' from the reviewing system

    I fully concur with Mr Schneider here. While this book is not 100% perfect (and rest assured that none is), it is certainly very worth one's while! It's very detailed and is a source one turns to when one's in search of serious information, or just to refresh one's memory on a particular point. Gardner Read is no newcomer, nor is his writing that unpleasant. It's just dealing with its subject matter and nothing else. You can trust this book, even if it does contain some (few) unclear developments. The Burns book is harshly commented upon by 'real' reviewers, in case you wonder, on various websites. The only positive reviews come mostly from anonymous reviewers. Interesting fact... This guy and/or his agent are polluting the music area of several online bookstores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Let's get serious

    It seems that the vast (is it THAT vast indeed??) army of anonymous people that submited their reviews in B & N (and similar online book vendors) just to 'suggest' that Jeff Burns' book would be a better or even complementary choice has gone too far this time. Gardner's book, while it's certainly a rather sterile read (hey, this is a book about music notation after all), is a very respected tome, and has many avid supporters (Steve Vai got one after Zappa's reccomendation - the result: The Guitar Book). Now who would you trust: a bunch (is it?) of anonymous people or good ol' Frank? Make your choice...and let's get serious.

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    Posted March 17, 2009

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