Like Béla Bartók, Ruth Crawford not only brought a composer’s acumen to the notation of folk music, she also had a marked (i) the task. This was clear in her agonizing over how far to try to represent the minute details of a performance in a written text, and this (ii) makes her work a landmark in ethnomusicology.
Blank (i): reverence for, detachment from, curiosity aboutBlank (ii): fastidiousness, didacticism, iconoclasm
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