Why “The Ledger Line?”

In written music, a note that falls above or below a standard five-line staff sits on a ledger line, visually marking it as something of an outlier. “Middle C” is one such note; it falls in the white space between two pitch domains. It is here that a phenomenon of identity occurs: a ledger line note exists in the two domains equally, and when played, the ear hears the same pitch.

The Ledger Line staff is comprised of six students at the University of Mary Washington participating in Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Claudia Emerson’s Literary Journal class.  We appreciate your support in our practices in publishing!

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