Music: Seeing the Score

The surest way to make an impression on fellow concertgoers is to bring a score and silently read along during the performance. In a recital at Manhattan's Town Hall last week, Canadian Violinist Hyman Bress threatened to render this excellent ploy obsolete. Behind him, as he played Schoenberg's Fantasy Opus 47, the twelve pages of the score were projected on a screen.

Bress's hopeful theory is that most people can read music or that they can at least "get the pattern." The combination of sound and score is particularly essential in the performance of modern music, Bress believes, to convince bewildered audiences...

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