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Subject: Re: Our Customs in Lieder Recitals
From: John G Dobnick <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 12 Mar 1996 21:08:13 -0600
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OK, I'll risk stirring up a hornets' nest here.

Mike Richter writes:

      A side point: In earlier times, the singer would carry the text
      on stage in a little book. Fortunately, that practice has
      disappeared (?), ...

Why is this considered "fortunate"??

And, to stir further controversy, why should not the accompanist _also_
not memorize the music and work "scoreless"?  (Or is the Page Turner's
Union _that_ powerful?)

[Historical background for this tradition would also be germane to this
discussion.]

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