The short history of applause in classical music

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“Where does the cultural code that tells us whether or not to applaud come from?” Journalist Aliette de Laleu provides an historical overview of the evolution of applause from Bach to Wagner. She reports having witnessed, on January 28, 2016 at the Opera Bastille in Paris, a concert addressed to listeners under 28 years of age. The journalist paints a very interesting portrait of the audience, comprised mostly of new listeners: “This new audience, mostly not music lovers, only listens to its instinct, its heart, but most of all the music. Regardless of the codes, the concert receives a standing ovation, the singers are warmly applauded and the audience is delighted to express its joy without the constraints of cultural convention.” If you want to know more about the issue of applause, our researcher Danick Trottier has written an article on the subject, titled « Les applaudissements comme source de tension : Étude de la réception des 24 Préludes de François Dompierre lors de leur création au Festival de Lanaudière ».

 

 

Article : http://www.francemusique.fr/actu-musicale/petite-histoire-des-applaudissements-dans-la-musique-classique-121525 
Author : Aliette de Laleu 
Source : France musique 
Date : 3/02/16 
Danick Trottier ‘s article : http://p2m.oicrm.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/11/Les_applaudissements_comme_source_de_tension_DTrottier.pdf 

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