Confronting the Obvious1
The past few decades have seen seismic shifts in almost every aspect of the Western classical music world, including changing social attitudes, transformation of the economic structuring of the music industry, and evolution in the ways that music is delivered and consumed. These changes have also affected traditional approaches to music making; in classical music, this leads to questioning the primary performance interaction, that is, the notion of the concert. This chapter analyzes various elements of live performance concerts versus hearing performances via sound technologies, such as on the radio. As a case study, the chapter explores how concerts came to be a primary means by which live classical music came to be disseminated on early British radio, examining programming and presentation decisions of the BBC Music Department during the interwar years, which led to the broadcasting of public concerts as a deliberate means of interacting with the British public.
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