As each piece of music journeys in a composers mind from inception to continuous revisions a question surfaces: At what point is a piece of music completed? The answer will differ per century, technical advancement, shift in industry but one answer has and will always remain: Until it is heard and criticized by the composer’s community and surrounding communities. If it goes unheard it’s impossible for the public to form opinions. With no opinions the culture cannot converse and therefore will not have progression. In this case the composer might as well kept it in their mind as what it originally was, an idea. An idea is the first step to all that surrounds you but unless that idea is heard and criticized by a community, it is inconsequential. Just like your current surroundings an idea for a piece of music must be heard. Having it heard is just as vital as writing the first note. The piece will be praised, ridiculed but no one can force a listener to be indifferent. The community will always formulate opinions and critiques from novel events and bring these events to their fate, completion.
This is the community that will assist in bringing new musical works to their completion simultaneously as keeping older works completed. Classical music needs the help as its community is too small. As a result criticism has been diminished. It has become an element of academicism, conforming to the strict rules set by those who birthed parameters out of daring to be different. Only those of a larger society feel comfortable criticizing. Since that larger society has not partaken in the academics of classical music they will be the ones to give allowance to the work’s completion. They will give their honest critiques only out of the utmost respect to the craft to insure the craft lives on. The society will have no name as its too diverse. It will only continue on as a symbol that has represented a multitude of elements in umpteen cultures. A symbol that will represent all those, outside of the concert hall, who give their services allowing their community to progress with the rest of the world. That symbol will be X.