259 • Principles in classical music are not a precise science.

Principles in classical music are often based on a minority of similar phenomena because the majority of phenomena is so diverse that it can not give foundation to a definition. Principles of that genus crystallize after many, many years and at the same time sprout many, many exceptions. It would be impractical to formulate a vast multitude of different principles as we generally seek to unify a few identifying and recognizable characteristics, i.e. patterns, into principles. And as the multitude is not unifiable into a single principle, 20% might establish a rule while 80% remain exceptions to the definition. Principles in classical music are not a precise science.


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