The Oxford handbook of music listening in the 19th and 20th centuries

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New York, NY : Oxford University Press,, United States, p.x, 524 pages : (2019)

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(DE-588)4032359-6, (DE-588)4075127-2, (OCoLC)fst00874069, (OCoLC)fst01030444, 19th century., 20th century., Concerts, Concerts., fast, gnd, History, Konzert, Music, Musikhören, Social aspects, Social aspects.


Series statement from jacket.Includes bibliographical references and index.The art of listening and its histories : an introduction / Christian Thorau and Hansjakob Ziemer -- Part I. Listening behaviors and emotions. Researching audience behaviors in nineteenth-century Paris : who cares if you listen? / Katharine Ellis ; The well-mannered auditor : zones of attention and the imposition of silence in the salon of the nineteenth century / James Deaville ; The problem of eclectic listening in French and German concerts, 1860-1910 / William Weber ; The crisis of listening in interwar Germany / Hansjakob Ziemer ; Listening as a practice of everyday life : the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and its audiences in the Second World War / Neil Gregor -- Part II. Listening ideologies and instructions. Turning Liebhaber into Kenner : Forkel's lectures on the art of listening, ca. 1780-1785 / Mark Evan Bonds ; Designated attention : the transformation of music announcements in Leipzig's concert life, 1781-1850 / Anselma Lanzendörfer ; Concert listening the British way? : program notes and Victorian culture / Christina Bashford ; "What ought to be heard" : touristic listening and the guided ear / Christian Thorau -- Part III. Listening spaces and encounters. Architectural acoustics and the trained ear in the arts : a journey from 1780 to 1830 / Viktoria Tkaczyk and Stefan Weinzierl ; Amateurs and auditors : listening to the British musical festival, 1810-1835 / Charles Edward McGuire ; The intimate art of listening : music in the private sphere during the nineteenth century / Wolfgang Fuhrmann ; Symmetries in spaces, symmetries in listening : musical theater buildings in Europe ca. 1900 / Gesa zur Nieden ; Music in the air, listening in the streets : popular music and urban listening habits in Berlin ca. 1900 / Daniel Morat -- Part IV. Listening and technologies. The opera-telephone in Munich: a short history / Sonja Neumann ; First re-creations : psychology, phonographs, and new cultures of listening at the beginning of the twentieth century / Alexandra Hui ; Experiencing high fidelity : sound reproduction and the politics of music listening in the twentieth century / Axel Volmar -- Part V. Towards an art of listening of the twenty-first century. Capturing the landscape within : on writing the history of experience / James H. Johnson ; Listening and possessing / Fred Everett Maus ; Is listening to music an art in itself, or not? / Wolfgang Gratzer ; "Everybody in the concert hall should be devoted entirely to the music" : on the actuality of not listening to music in symphonic concerts / Christiane Tewinkel.An idealized image of European concert-goers has long prevailed in historical overviews of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The act of listening as considered to be an invisible and ephemeral phenomenon, a naturally given mode of perception. This narrative influenced the conditions of listening from the selection of repertoire to the construction of concert halls and programs. However, as listening moved back and forth between concert halls, opera houses, jazz clubs, and outdoor venues, new and visceral listening traditions evolved. In turn, the art of listening was shaped by phenomena of the modern era, including media innovation and commercialization. This book asks how and why practices of music listening changed as the audience moved from pleasure gardens and concert venues in the eighteenth century to living rooms in the twentieth century and began to use mobile devices in the twenty-first. Through these questions, the chapters enable a differently conceived history of listening and offer an agenda for future research.