NO. it should be perfectly acceptable to clap in between movements that warrant applause (like obvs there are some places where applause would just suck). every time i see a post like this i want to ride over to the nearest recital and just purposefully clap between every movement of every multi-movement work to express my disdain for this totally stick up a butt practice.
I dislike a LOT of the stick-up-the-butt stuff associated with classical music, but not on this front. I personally think that applause between movements can disrupt the flow of a piece and that pieces should be considered in their entirety, not just as individual movements. Movements often relate to each other and something you hear during a 2nd movement might only make sense once you’ve heard the 4th, sort of like chapters in a book. Clapping for movements that ‘warrant applause’ seems like reviewing a book after every chapter instead of after you’ve finished the whole thing and everything has been explained/rounded up. Some peeps think that it’s silly not to let the audience show their appreciation during and I’m all for people enjoying the music etc buuuut personally I think there’s plenty of time for the audience to appreciate the performers efforts and the music at the end of the piece, when the story is complete. Just my opinion!
I relate to trumpetangst on a spiritual level.
well great minds think alike! thanks :D
(Big thanks to Rhys for sending this to me! Check out his blog http://rhys-3-k1ns.tumblr.com)
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