Readers Write: Ars antiqua, ars nova

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Editor:

I enjoyed your piece about the good ol’ (bad ol’?) days of Xacto knives, electric erasers, little bits of paper and glue.

I started with music preparation — parts, scores, orchestration in the late ’60s — same thing; with special music notation ink pens. Until a workable notation program came along: Finale.  Maybe in the mid-90s.

We did everything by hand, and the place I worked at, Life Line Music, did TV and film score music prep for large orchestra. It was truly amazing the amount of labor.

It’s still tedious now, but much simpler, I imagine like setting up a newspaper.  I appreciate the memories.

 Peter Davison

Idyllwild

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