English abstract: Music to be made

Music to be made: The article reflects on a quote by Roland Barthes, who proposed to differentiate two types of musical practices: “There are two musics (at least so I have always thought): the music one listens to, the music one plays. These two musics are two totally different arts, each with its own history, its own sociology, its own aesthetics, its own erotic; the same composer can be minor if you listen to him, tremendous if you play him (even badly)” (Roland Barthes Image Music Text, Essays selected and translated by Stephen Heath, Fontana Press, 1977, p. 149).

The dominant conception about music is that it should be listened to. The word “music” refers generally to the institution of the concert, implying an audience, which is listening to performing musicians. This separation generates two consequences: firstly, the tendency to expect a perfect sound production leads many to give up musical practices that might not be played well enough; secondly, many musical practices are considered not worth any consideration: singing in the shower, playing guitar with friends in a party, playing at home, being only three people to play a quartet, etc. Nevertheless, music should be considered principally as a social practice and not just a collection of artistic products to be appreciated. Making music should be considered as more important than just listening to it.

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