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Drawing and the score.

Douglas, Anne


Anne Douglas


Paulo de Assis

William Brooks

Kathleen Coessens


Traditionally a score in Western classical music has ensured the music’s presentation and replication to an audience. Drawings as blueprints in architecture/engineering ensure that designs are translated into real structures in ways that are more or less faithful to the designer’s intention and state of the art of technical knowledge. Viewed culturally, both designer and composer are clearly flagged as originators of the work. Underpinning these traditional forms of “score” or “drawing” is the belief that both can be performed more or less literally. This belief and associated practices secure their value as artefacts to society.


DOUGLAS, A. 2013. Drawing and the score. In De Assis, P., Brooks, W. and Coessens, K. Sound and score: essays on sound, score and notation. Orpheus Institute series. Leuven: Leuven University Press [online], chapter 14, pages 206-217. Available from:

Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2013
Publication Date Oct 1, 2013
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2014
Publicly Available Date Aug 18, 2014
Publisher Leuven University Press
Pages 206-217
Series Title Orpheus Institute Series
Book Title Sound and score: essays on sound, score and notation
Chapter Number Chapter 14
ISBN 9789058679765
Keywords Musical scores; Drawing; Musical notation; Sound
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