The Language of Music
Some ideas about music as a language:
Music shares some common features with language, though people disagree about whether or not music actually is a language.
Music - its 'language', conventions and forms - varies between different cultures, societies and historical periods.
Music reflects the values and circumstances of the social group which produces it and/or listens to it
The meaning of music can change over time, or when 'translated' into another musical style or culture
There are many different ways in which music can be recorded (notated)
A musical score is not the music itself, but a representation of it
Different methods of notation have different functions (e.g. some are deliberately imprecise) and different strengths and weaknesses
Notated versions of music are not always accurate, or do not always convey the 'feel' of the music
Music that is not notated develops in a different way from music that is notated
Many, possibly most, musicians do not use notation to learn, perform or compose music
Notation can support some aspects of music learning (e.g. analytical), but can also inhibit others (e.g. aural)