music interpreter, elite musician
In the history of Western music, the 20th century is the first in which the most important instrumentalists dedicated themselves primarily to the compositions of others, while the performance freedom granted to the great singers becomes steadily more limited due to detailed notation and the iron control of conductors. But it is also the first in which the interpreter can leave evidence of his own creativity through the media of sound recording, And since a disk is a document which is much richer in information and communicative potential than a written score, it seems right to me that the most brilliant interpreters should be part of the history of music of the 20th century.
"Jussi's Century: The very human voice of a pure musician,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 20
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol20/iss1/5