From Ornette Coleman:
There is no bad music, only bad performances.
This idea unfolds nicely.
Perhaps this is a Platonic sentiment: the Ideal Forms are flawless; it’s their crude instantiations that are flawed. The perfect pattern described on paper awaits a worthy incarnation.
How different a notion from Yeats’s “Who can tell the dancer from the dance?”
Or, quite the opposite – the instantiation is all that matters.
Or, to quote Duke Ellington: “if it sounds good, it IS good”
Somehow that s gets to the point better than “the instantiation is all that matters”…
And who can forget Sri Chinmoy’s “next to silence, music is that which best expresses the inexpressible” –
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