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    Working musician and band-leader here, teach music history and performance and coach ensembles, typically ensembles in which classical musicians are getting their first taste of playing by ear and from the memory (instead of the page). Completely agree with the utter superiority of live performance to any recording, no matter how technically perfect the latter.

    Can I also just say how much I appreciate it when you write about music? I'm a huge fan of your Sacred Harp book and, while I totally understand and support why you'd want to write about larger issues of labor, working-class identity, and so forth, you can sure turn a phrase about music.

    thank you!

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