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What makes an audience? Investigating the roles and experiences of listeners at a chamber music festival

Pitts, Stephanie E. (2005) What makes an audience? Investigating the roles and experiences of listeners at a chamber music festival. Music and Letters, 86 (2). pp. 257-269. ISSN 1477-4631

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The views of audience members on their listening experiences are rarely heard in the research literature, although much speculation occurs on their roles and perspectives. This article reports on an investigation of audience experiences at a chamber music festival, and examines the ways in which social and musical enjoyment interact to generate commitment and a sense of involvement in the event. Audience members’ anxieties for the future of classical music listening are discussed, and recommendations made for research and practice that could recognise more effectively the central role of the listener in contemporary musical life.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Oxford University Press 2005. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Music and Letters'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: audiences, chamber music, listening, festivals
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Music (Sheffield)
Funding Information:
FunderGrant number
British AcademySG-35499
Depositing User: Dr Stephanie Pitts
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010 16:20
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ml/gci035
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1093/ml/gci035
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10849

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