The improvising orchestras of the seventeenth century… would have felt their skills were being insulted if a composer were to write out everything they were to play.
The score was not always so central to performance, nor has it always been the sacred and unalterable text that it is today. …In the improvising orchestras of the early explosion of opera in the seventeenth century there was not even a full score as we know it, but just a skeleton on which players and singers alike were expected to invent their own parts.
Music teachers too often regard themselves more as agents for the discovery and selection of talented potential professionals than as agents for the development of the musicality that lies within each child.
– Christopher Small, Musicking