In the times of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven there was no recorded music. While I was reading a few chapters form George Martin’s Book, All You Need Is Ears, it really got me thinking about the way recording music is today. In George Martin’s book he talks about how some composers would never get to hear some of the compositions they had written because the scores had to be played with an entire orchestra in the room. Most of the time there wasn’t enough funding for the for the lesser known composers. Now you can input a score into a software program like Finale or Sibelius and it can play through it so you can get an idea of how it will sound.
In addition to the composer not being able to hear his own music, the fans wouldn’t be able to hear it either. If they really liked the song they would have to go down to the concert hall when the orchestra was playing. There was no way to hear the song more than once in a row. Think of your favorite song and how many times you’ve played that.