Music is a language and a great form of communication, not only in sound but through the written notation. Readers and writers of note symbols feel both satisfied and enriched through the experience.
Players would never be able to play the beautiful music that composers spend months writing down if it was not for note and rest symbols that enable them to read and interpret the music that is written down.
The idea of writing music down came about comparatively recently in the history of music. It was in the 7th Century that the first attempt was made.
In the 11th Century the methods became more effective but only the Monks had the opportunity and time to write it down.
Before these dates the uneducated people learned music which had been handed down by rote.
It was not until some form of notation had been invented could composers begin to develop their art.
From the 11th Century music notation developed slowly. A few composers however used different methods to help them to write down and express their ability to write a more complicated form of music. These composers sped up the process.
As the music became more sophisticated more information was added. signs to indicate speed and different ways of expression.
But even with all the signs and symbols available music remains a mystery. Nobody has been able to invent a notation to cover the way in which performers must feel the music, which is the artistic or creative manner of playing.
When listening to performers playing a piece of music one begins to realise that no two people will interpret the same. That is why some performers leave the listener with goosebumps and another not.
The next blog will provide an understanding as to how the composer made use of the written notation, and why each one chose the note rhythms according to his style of creating.