Is classical music ‘boring’? A discussion of fidelity, virtuosity and performance in classical music recording

Klein, Eve (2014). Is classical music ‘boring’? A discussion of fidelity, virtuosity and performance in classical music recording. In: Jadey O'Regan and Toby Wren, Communities, Places, Ecologies: Proceedings of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ Conference. Popular Music Communities, Places and Ecologies: IASPM-ANZ Conference 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (112-125). 24-26 November 2013.

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Author Klein, Eve
Title of paper Is classical music ‘boring’? A discussion of fidelity, virtuosity and performance in classical music recording
Conference name Popular Music Communities, Places and Ecologies: IASPM-ANZ Conference 2013
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 24-26 November 2013
Proceedings title Communities, Places, Ecologies: Proceedings of the 2013 IASPM-ANZ Conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780975774779
Editor Jadey O'Regan
Toby Wren
Start page 112
End page 125
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary 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.
Keyword Classical Music
Sound Recording
Aesthetics
Virtousity
Fidelity
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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