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Title: Is classical music 'boring'?: A discussion of fidelity, virtuosity and performance in classical music recording
Contributor(s): Klein, Eve (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: The performers on whom we rely to flesh out notated scores into sound are trained not to interpret (understood as the imposition of the unwanted self on what is fantasized to be a direct transmission of the composer's subjective intentions to the listener), but rather to strive for a perfect, standard sound, for an unbroken, polished surface. Such performers became ideal in the nineteenth century as grist for the symphony orchestra in which the conductor usurped complete control over interpretation and needed only the assurance of dependable sound production from the laboring musician. In our century of Repetition, they have remained ideal for purposes of the recording industry, which demands perfection and the kind of consistency that facilitates splicing (McClary, 1985, p. 152).
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: IASPM-ANZ 2013: Conference of the Australia/New Zealand branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Brisbane, Australia, 24th - 26th November, 2013
Source of Publication: Communities, Places, Ecologies: Proceedings of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ Conference, p. 112-125
Publisher: International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 190205 Interactive Media
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
190407 Music Performance
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950101 Music
950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
950204 The Media
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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