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3 Practices That Must Die

1 ThatViolaKid

It’s sometimes frustrating to try to imagine listening to Classical music for the first time.

Most of us either grew up with it, or developed an obsession after hearing those first few notes, so the ideas of concert-going traditions are just something we do. Not something we ponder.

Well, maybe we should! Why on Earth don’t we clap between movements? Why can’t we show approval in real time?

Isn’t that how concerts always were? Maybe not… :)

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  1. Comment by Stephen P Brown
    February 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Dude. Nice job.
    Clapping: According to Alex Ross “formidable young conductor Hermann Abendroth, who, after taking charge of orchestral concerts in Lübeck in 1905, instructed his audience not to clap between movements of a symphony.” http://www.therestisnoise.com/2005/02/applause_a_rest.html
    But I also heard that Toscanini in the 30s stopped clapping between movements because it was making his live radio broadcasts run over time. Seems like he was a bit of an ogre in every respect, really.
    I LOVE IT when my audiences applaud WHENEVER they wish! And tell them so.