What is this quote about performing music?
July 28, 2011 7:13 AM Subscribe
I need help finding a quote about the performance of music.
posted by Janta to Writing & Language (2 answers total)
Here is what I remember about the quote itself. It was a pair of sentences, both with a similar structure. That structure was "the X is not the Y". Both sets of X/Y had to do with music, and I think each set began with the same letters (e.g., score/sound, piece/performance). The gist of the quote was that music, when written down, is nothing; it's the act of translating the music from notation to actual sound that makes music. I believe the quote was from either a modern composer or a conductor, and I think it's likely that person is a jazz composer/conductor.
I thought that it part of it was "the score is not the sound" but googling that phrase doesn't find it. I haven't been able to come up with anything using other terms either -- my GoogleFu is failing me on this one.