Classical Music

Extra-musical Value of the Symphony Orchestra

Extra-musical Value of the Symphony Orchestra

What is the value of an orchestra?

A typical perception of an orchestra is validated by research, which indicates that sixty percent of adults express at least some interest in classical music, and nearly one-third of adults fit classical music into their lives regularly, in their autos and at home, but fewer than five percent are regular patrons of their local orchestras.

Many might think that if a community can simply say it has an orchestra, that’s enough.

The Death of Classical Music

The Death of Classical Music

Speaking to audiences, spontaneous applause (including in the middle of pieces), and on-the-spot improvisation were commonplace, with performers wooing audiences with their technical and interpretational prowess. That was real classical music.

But all of that changed in the 20th century when "rules of concert etiquette" began incorporating themselves into performances. Suddenly, clapping mid-piece was unacceptable. Applause between movements, or parts, of pieces became that way as well. Regular concertgoers would shoot glares of disdain toward anyone violating such rules.

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Applauding the relaxing of rules of clapping in classical concerts

Applauding the relaxing of rules of clapping in classical concerts

Applauding the relaxing of rules of clapping in classical concerts

As concert-hall etiquette evolves, many musicians say they don't mind premature clapping