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A Part of the Music

First there was the sound of the instrument, and it was thought that is all there was to music.

Then songs were composed and the song became a part of the music.

Then songs became segments of larger works and these compositions became a part of the music.

Then the musicians (and conductors) gave music their own interpretation and the performances they made became a part of the music.

Then the studio was invented and now the treatment of the instrument became a part of the music.

And now with new ways of thinking about music the listener is the participant is the instrument and they are no longer passive bystanders and they too become a part of the music.

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