Transposition - Stupid idea


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When reading another thread (I think it was by timbloke) I remembered the view that I have long had that transposition is a stupid idea. I know all the reasons about anybody being able to pick up any instrument and being able to play it, but this isn't true anyway as the mouthpieces are always different. Surely it would be far more useful for any body to be able to pick up any piece of music and be able to play it on their own instrument (range permitting) which would be the case if everybody played at concert pitch.

All this silly calling it a C when its a Bflat or an Eflat would be avoided and the only thing you would have to worry about is changing clefs, which is much easier than transposing as you don't have to worry about key signatures.

Having said this, it is probably to late in the day for brass bands to change to playing in concert.

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