Re: Program notes

Subject: Re: Program notes
From: Chris Rolfe (
Date: Wed Apr 14 1999 - 16:35:29 EDT

So it depends on the 10-year old, is what you're saying, Ned?


>Rick Nance wrote:
>> If one does write program notes a 10 year old can understand, will
>>anyone pay
>Hello Rick. I feel that I should reply, since I originated that suggestion.
>I guess the bottom line is who you're writing program notes for:
>specialists or the general public?
>I tend to write notes that are more complex (if I can) for a concert that
>is part of a conference (ICMC). Otherwise, simplicity does the trick for me
>(both as a reader and communicator). I suspect that people (in general) pay
>more attention to text that is simple and clear than to what, on first
>glance, looks like an excerpt from a technical manual (sure, I read those
>sometimes, but not at a concert. I only crack one open when I have to).
>As for what a 10-year old can understand, I think that that would include
>nearly everything (except maybe a Yamaha DX manual). My niece surprises me
>all the time with her level of understanding of the world around her, and
>she is only 6.

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