The musical notation can be considered as technology, just like a computer can help in the development or in the work of men and his environment. As well as the things created by men for his benefit and that of his work, to make things easier. A table for example, it would look like a simple object, but infinity of things has made the man of it and with it.
The great composed works for symphonic orchestra such as a symphony, an opera. Large and long works could only have been composed and interpreted thanks to the development of musical writing. The music has also been able to travel the world thanks to the fact that it was printed on paper. The new generations will be able to know of the great composers thanks to the reproduction of his work.
We have to be aware that musical writing has only approximately two thousand three hundred years developing from the first alphabetic signs to our days. Before that there was only music. Remembering what Carlos Chavez says in “Toward a new music” about the language before the words, the noises of the people, the music that they practice. At the very beginning there was no idea of to where it was going to finish or to where it would develop the music and its musical notation. Passing through the language, the word, and the writing, the music reaches unimaginable places.
The musical phenomenon that comes from his writing along with the invention of electricity and the electronic devices that have continued to emerge has put us in a situation that in no way resembles what our ancestors lived in the musical field. Do we really know the music, pure and natural that exists? Why we continue to study works from over a thousand years ago?
This is an uncommon reflection about the way we perceive and study our profession. Is it that we are contributing something to our generation, playing Mozart, Bach, Beethoven? Or just we are avoiding its extinction.
The electronic devices came to change the direction of the music but also came to change the mentality of those who play it. We are experiencing a time of confusion between the past and the present of the music, without letting us go to the natural future of things. Do we do well in reading sheet music to play those old songs? We must play by ear? We should all compose? What is the present, the past or the future of a piece of paper in which the music is draw?
We must put our feet on the ground and realize where that beautiful music that makes us dream come from. “Toward a New Music” is a philosophical reading that shows us different perspectives on how we perceive music and how we make it ours.