All good points. My fascination with this is that it won’t be performed the same way twice.
I’m of the era of recording media as are you and us all.
A performance that is a singular event can be captured and replayed through mechanical means but not with precision in a future active performance.
That is the magic of it for me.
I turned down Julliard at 11 because I could not see myself playing the same pieces repetitively. It struck me as madness. Why would you want to create the same piece again?
So, learning that this existed by that teacher at 14 was eye opening: it suits how I think.
I can’t play the same thing twice on a piano or any instrument, much as how I can’t write the same words twice. Each time is a unique event. They may be similar but never identical.
For identical, we have computers and recording/playback equipment. As a human, I don’t want to be those things and don’t understand why anybody would want to.
I look at most musical performers with sadness. I always have. Forced to play over and over what the audience demands.
I couldn’t do it. I see men in their 70s performing songs they made in their 20s. That strikes me as a nightmare, It’s why I didn’t pursue a music career.
I downloaded a copy of John Cage’s Notations (1969) to find that style of notation but I couldn’t find it there. Much close but not ‘it’. So from that I know it’s from 1969-1986. If I was taught a language, it must exist somewhere. So I’m on a quest.
Could this just be a “musical sketch”?
I have it in front of me and each time I read it, there’s a new song that I’m reading from these notations. Lots of songs can come out. Hm.