The western understanding of music from China was marked by several popular misconceptions: it was generalized to be absolutely monolithic, unnotated, and strictly monophonic. Based on the transcriptions that reached Europe, some western scholars claimed to perceive similarities with Scottish folk music. This body of knowledge that made up Chinese music in the West provided a platform for music theorists to speculate on the universal origins of harmony.
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