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I was told that Bach was in the habit of writing out ornaments (trills and such) in full, whereas most composers left it to the musicians how to embellish--the sign was an idea not a list of specific notes.

That was allegedly Glenn Gould's excuse for improvising when playing Mozart. If that's true, then it explains why I find Mozart's piano concerto solos rather bland :-)

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 14th, 2008 at 07:25:42 AM EST
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