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Writing the language of music

The earliest surviving attempts to notate music date from the 10th century, and became increasingly precise and complex over the following millennium. Discover the visual beauty of music manuscripts through the ages, and how they help musicians interpret composers’ intentions.

Words by Eva Moreda Rodríguez

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About the author

Photograph of Eva Moreda Rodríguez

Eva Moreda Rodríguez

@NotationIsGreat

Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez is a musicologist at the University of Glasgow specialising in the cultural and political history of Spanish music from the 19th and 20th centuries. She is also a Galician-language novelist, and her latest novel has been translated into English as ‘Home is like a different time’. She runs the Twitter account @NotationIsGreat.