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April 30, 2010

More from Alex Ross…Let the Applause Be Heard

By Sara Billmann

In March, Alex Ross gave a lecture at the Royal Philharmonic Society in London about the seemingly age-old tradition of not applauding during classical music (as a tradition, it actually dates back less than 100 years, and was controversial even when it first started appearing with some regularity).  London’s Guardian excerpted his talk (which can also be found in its lengthier version here).

What do you think of the practice?  Or of Ross’s other observations about what he refers to as “the other tics of concert life”?

Let the debate begin!

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