Also, some people hearing a classical piece for the first time may have NO CLUE who wrote it, have no idea it was Mozart or Beethoven ( not everyone grows up with classical music! ). Does that music not exist independant of the composer for that particular listener ?
And, OMG, do I have to know it was the London Philharmonic that played it ?
Does that music not exist for me entirely separtae from not knowing which orcherstra gave that performance ? ( Nevermind who the guest conductor was! )
What if I don't know who was first violin ? Again, does that mean that music does not still exist for me ?
Music exists at the time one hears a performance of it without knowing who wrote the piece, who played the piece or the names of the principal players or conductor.
Well, unless one considers when I turn on my radio and there is a piece being played that I do not know who wrote it, who did the lyrics, who played it ( hell, maybe even what studio it was recorded in! ) that it does not exist until I know all that.
No one this thread is widely read. It is ribald humor !
And, I sort of find it more than funny for someone to think for a long dead composer personal preferences would be for an instrument of this choice rather than that choice!
Most great creators would tend to want the best possible presentation of their work but surely each would be allowed their own preference in that. Sheesh.
Would Shakespeare reject modern stage lightings and PA systems as not being "period "? Wonder what he'd think of flying sets, eh ?