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Imagine being an actor and being given a copy of a script that only contained your lines; that’s exactly what composers do to musicians when they give them parts that only contain the notes for that particular individual to play.

Run Toward Cover

Perhaps interpreters would be as desirous to play new music as they are playing standard repertoire if they could “own” the performance more than they currently do.

Chamber Music with More Wine and Fewer Stagehands

At home, I drink red wine while hearing things like the three carefully intertwined lines of counterpoint in the fourth movement of Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio all the time, but being able to do so during a live performance makes the music breathe differently.