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Transcribing "Time" in Chinese Non-measured Songs

Frank Kouwenhoven
The World of Music
Vol. 47, No. 2, Notation, Transcription, Visual Representation (2005), pp. 137-162
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41699650
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Abstract

Music transcriptions in ethnomusicology become more and more "conceptual": we stress schemata, recurring patterns and overall similarities in musical structures, we reduce complexities in notation, and try to connect the remaining simplified forms meaningfully with native or Western musical concepts and theories. In doing so, we may dismiss many surface details that are perhaps equally (if not more) instructive. A related problem is that transcriptions are too often regarded as "end products", not as mere snapshots of dynamic and multi-faceted processes. A different picture arises if surface contours of musical pieces are screened in more detail, and over longer periods of time. The present article argues these points with reference to analyses of time organization in Chinese non-measured songs.

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