I had to wake up at around 6:15, so that I could be ready to get Jameson to school and drive over the hill to UCSC. My first student this morning was at 8:30 AM. The show I am playing ended at 10:50 PM. That’s a long stretch ‘o time, and my eyes are weary. So is the brain.

The show went well tonight; I can’t think of any major problems. That’s a first. (NOT that the audience was aware of the major problems in most instances. Isn’t it interesting that what I see as major they don’t even notice? What does that say about me? About them?)

I joined in on a conversation that consisted mainly of high school kids because they were talking concert etiquette. What I find very interesting is that they are all much more conservative than I about when you can applaud and how you should behave at concerts. I want to tell them to lighten up. But I’m nicer than that, so I just say what I think in an oh-so-gentle way. One student implied that performance practices we have are “sacred” and I found that quite amazing; does he think that the way audiences behave now, with the quiet formality, rules regarding applause along with all the rest, is the way it has been since time began? That’s the impression he gave.

I think I should research the history of “classical” music performances. (Not the era … I’m using the term in that very general way, if you know what I mean.) Who can recommend a good book or two about this?

Now off to bed with me. I’m too old for this kind of schedule! :-)

2 Comments

  1. Patricia Mitchell

    Yep, I’m aware of both of these items. But thanks! I’m guessing not all readers are. :-)

  2. Greg Sandow is writing a book ‘live’ about where classical music is going, and some of that is about performance etiquette, in the past and present:
    www.artsjournal.com/greg/2006/05/book_20episode_7_how_it_used_t_1.html

    And Drew McManus has done some interesting polls about audience pretentiousness:
    www.artsjournal.com/adaptistration/archives/2006/10/applause_preten_1.html

    Hope that helps!

    –Erin

    www.fuguestate.co.uk