Philosopher Graham Harman's “object-oriented ontology” describes the complex relationships that objects have with one another. To Harman, everything is an object, and every object is related to objects larger and smaller than itself. The orchestra is one such object – it is made of many objects (instruments and people, but also music stands, stages, paper, etc.) but is part of a larger concept (music). A given composition can likewise be thought of as an object, made of many parts, but itself only part of the larger discourse of music – hence it being only a “piece” of music.
• East Carolina University Orchestra, 11/5/17
• Alabama Symphony Orchestra [reading session], 5/6/15