Originally Posted by pathalogical
These differences in notation is consistent throughout the two versions. The recorded song is the same no matter who listens to it. I've noticed this in other printed material. So, who's right ? Who's wrong ?
Congratulations, you've just discovered what is perhaps the most difficult thing for a young musician to get their head around about standard musical notation:
Notes on a page aren't the music.
They're a recipe for making music.
You could have a recipe for pasta sauce that uses whole tomatoes, and another recipe for pasta sauce that uses diced tomatoes...both recipes would yield pasta sauce. Potentially both recipes could yield pasta sauce that tasted identical
The whole point of musical notation is to give a musician or group of musicians the information they need to perform the necessary gestures on their instrument(s) so that the resulting sound will be recognizeable as a particular specific identity. And in many musical instaces, there's (edit: as elgecko noted above) more than one way to skin a cat.
Now, there may be very legitimate reasons why a composer will choose a specific way to notate a particular passage, and if an alternate notation were suggested the performer could be missing critical insight into how best to express that passage. So in some instances there very definitely are "right" and "wrong" ways to notate a musical composition.
But not all.