Joseph Szigeti - the 1900's
I confess to being especially interested in one phase of applause: not in its volume or length but in its reflexlike quality. The number of seconds that elapses between the last chord or flourish of a piece and the applause-reaction is a fairly accurate gauge of the nervous sensitivity of the audience, of the rapt tension the player has succeeded in generating in his hearers, and also an indication of the collective responsiveness of a crowd. It is a case of innate musical sense versus assembly-line conditioning by music-appreciation courses and other so-called educational means.
Joseph Szigeti, With strings attached- Reminiscences and reflections, 2nd edition, enlarged (New York, 1967), p. 195. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433266325401 accessed: 30 January, 2023
Originally submitted by tlisboa on Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:32:05 +0100
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:35:10 +0000