Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation


The author, Elaine Gould, has attracted widespread support from those who know her work best:


Elaine Gould is widely respected in the music world for her exceptionally diligent and imaginative skills in editing. She has a composer's eye for details, and a depth of understanding of the minutiae of musical notation that is beyond compare.

George Benjamin (UK)


With the explosion of music publishing software in recent years, the need for authoritative guides on music notation has never been more pressing. ... Elaine Gould's book is bound to be a hallmark of best notation practice. I fully imagine it will become the bible of music creators everywhere.

Matthew Hindson (Australia)


For many years we composers at Faber Music have had the good fortune to have the support and assistance of Elaine Gould and her supreme knowledge of musical notation... When her outstanding experience and knowledge becomes generally available, the book will undoubtedly be a very significant technical resource for all involved in the world of music.

Nicholas Maw (USA)


... from my reading of Elaine's book I can say with complete confidence that she has produced a masterpiece in the field. She has been my editor for more than 20 years and there is no one in whom I would place greater faith. This will be an indispensable book!

Colin Matthews (UK)


We have all been eagerly awaiting Elaine's monumental study. Those who have had as many years of her editorial guidance as I have will concur that she is clearly the one person with the requisite breadth and length of experience to render a balanced and penetrating view of the chaotic world of notation as it currently exists.

Jonathan Harvey (UK)