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Classical Music, Noisy Listening
19 November, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Shh! You’re at a classical concert – quiet! This talk will introduce the idea of musical works as tools for listening, from Mozart to Mahler, from medieval repertoires to minimalism. What has become, in the 20th and 21st centuries, a musical tradition of as-quiet-as-possible, cough-free contemplation and passive disengagement in concert halls was not always that way. In fact, it wasn’t ever that way: the way that audiences listen is inscribed in the fabric of music of the last millennium in Western classical music, a spectrum that encompasses everything from silent meditation to explosive applause. The talk will be given by Professor of Music Tom Service.