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Classical Concert Studies
A Companion to Contemporary Research and Performance

Edited By

Martin Tröndle

ISBN 9780367531263
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
380 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Classical Concert Studies: A Companion to Contemporary Research and Performance is a landmark publication that maps out a new interdisciplinary field of Concert Studies, offering fresh ways of understanding the classical music concert in the twenty-first century. It brings together essays, research articles, and case studies from scholars and music professionals including musicians, music managers, and concert designers. Gathering both historical and contemporary cases, the contributors draw on approaches from sociology, ethnology, musicology, cultural studies, and other disciplines to create a rich portrait of the classical concert’s past, present, and future.

Based on two earlier volumes published in German under the title Das Konzert (The Concert), and with a selection of new chapters written for the English edition, this companion enables students, researchers, and practitioners in the classical and contemporary music fields to understand this emerging field of research, go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and methodologies, and spark a renaissance for the classical concert.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors

Concert Studies

Martin Tröndle and Esther Bishop

I. The Concert as an Event

1. A Concert Theory

Martin Tröndle

2. Music as Text, Music as Performance

Nicholas Cook

3. 4′33": The Concert as a Performative Moment

Jens Roselt

4. The Discovery of Listening in the Concert

Gerhard Schulze

5. Between Formalization and Exaggeration: An Ethnomusicological Perspective

Raimund Vogels

6. Concert Formats: Liturgy—Ritual—Power?

Elena Ungeheuer

II. Programs, Formats, and Media

7. From Program Leaflets to Listening Apps: A Brief History of Guided Listening

Christian Thorau

8. Space, Light, Proximity: Aspects of Historical Performance Practice

Beatrix Borchard

9. Preludes, Fantasias, and Collages: Improvisation, a Forgotten Art in the Classical Concert

Maria I. J. Reich

10. Concert Design: Form Follows Function

Folkert Uhde

11. Musical Curator and Concert Director

Markus Fein

12. The Yellow Lounge Reinvents the Concert Forum

David Canisius in conversation with Martin Tröndle

13. Strategies for the Production of Presence

Matthias Rebstock

III. Space—Sound—Instruments

14. Noise and Sound

The Historicity and Sociability of the Senses

Steffen Höhne

15. From Sound to Noise: The History of Hearing in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Peter Payer

16. The Soundscape of Vienna: Pictorial Essay

Martin Tröndle

17. The Cultural Dimensions of Atmospheres: Sociological Observations of the Resonanzraum in Hamburg

Hanna Katharina Göbel

18. A Sociological Reflection on the Concert Venue

Volker Kirchberg

19. Cinema for the Ears: Technical Developments in Acoustics and Loudspeaker Systems

Ludger Brümmer

20. Digital Encore: Virtualization, Live Coding, and New Interfaces

Dennis Kastrup

IV. The Audience and the Musicians

21. Between Audience Decline and Audience Development: Perspectives on the Professional Musician, Music Education, and Cultural Policy

Heiner Gembris and Jonas Menze

22. Musical, Social, and Moral Dilemmas: Investigating Audience Motivations to Attend Concerts

Stephanie Pitts

23. Studying Music . . . And Then What?

Esther Bishop

24. "Playing Concerts Is Not Enough": On the Identity of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Albert Schmitt in conversation with Martin Tröndle

25. Women in Music Culture: A History of (Non-)Participation?

Susanne Rode-Breymann

26. The Konzerthaus Berlin: A Concert Hall in Transition

Sebastian Nordmann in conversation with Martin Tröndle

27. Audience Development and Engagement

Constanze Wimmer

V. Economy and Policy

28. The Influence of Economic Variables in the Concert Industry

Michael Hutter

29. Roll Over Beethoven . . .: Notes on Concerts under Conditions of the Culture Industry

Roger Behrens

30. The Dematerialization of Music: How Streaming Technology Impacts Music Production and Consumption

Lukas Krohn-Grimberghe

31. The "New Classic"

Christian Kellersmann

32. Actors in the Classical Music Business: A Media Discourse Analysis

Markus Rhomberg and Martin Tröndle

VI. Concert Research

33. A Manifesto of Concert Culture

Steven Walter

34. Concerto21: A Didactic Introduction for Concert Development

Martin Tröndle

35. The Researching Orchestra: Innovative Collaborations between Symphonic Orchestras and Knowledge Institutions

Peter Peters, Stefan Rosu, and Ruth Benschop

36. The Classical Concert as an Object of Empirical Aesthetics

Christoph Seibert, Jutta Toelle, and Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann


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Martin Tröndle is the WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production at Zeppelin University, Germany, and a principal investigator of ECR—Experimental Concert Research, a project that investigates aesthetic experience in the classical concert. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy.