Music represented symbolically is regarded as more acceptable than music which happens in real time as sound. We have fallen under the sway of a strange inversion in which symbols are regarded as more real than the realities they represent. Music (or art, literature, theater, science, technology) is often treated as a collection of works arranged on a historical timeline. The scores are regarded as having not only an independent existence, but a higher existence than a performance.
– Stephen Nachmanovitch (from “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing): Bateson and the How of Knowing”)