♫ Episode #61 – Traditions and Etiquette in Classical Concerts – Applause, Encores, Curtain Calls, and the Bravo Guy

By Kirk on July 14, 2017

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  • I’ve never–never ever–heard a musician complain about applause between movements. I once performed Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio which has a second movement that ends with a flourish; the audience applauded. Rather than making a disapproval face I said (in my best late-night TV commercial voice) “But wait–there’s more!”; the audience laughed and we played the Finale. I have, however, heard musicians (me included) bemoan the aging, and social narrowness, of the concert audience, and (as the panel members observe) the snooty hostility of audience members certainly contributes to keeping people away.
    I’d add that Bravo Guy has a younger, ostensibly hipper cousin I’ll call “Whoop Dude.” He goes to rock and jazz performances but also to the less formal kinds of “classical” events (Classical Revolution evenings at coffee shops and bars, for example) and he’s just as annoying s his more old-fashioned relative.

    • If we had had more time, we would have talked about the Whoop Dude, who rears his head after just about every solo in a jazz gig.