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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001001.txt from 1998/03

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: Intermovement pauses
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 06:24:55 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary L Smith <>
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 1998 10:24 PM
Subject: Re: Intermovement pauses


>I dunno. It gets pretty old when listening to lieder selections of about
>2-3 minutes each, and I'd hate to see overall etiquette at concerts get
>as bad as it is at, say, pop concerts, but many who are novices at
>serious music performances may feel, with some amount of justification,
>that this tradition mainly exists to make them uncomfortable as to what
>they should do when. It's not literally true, but if they felt that way,
>I could understand. Sometimes *I'm* not sure when something's ending, and
>that period of psychoanalysing the conductor's body language can be

I've always followed the "watch the conductor" method:
If the conductor raises his/her arms at the end of the movement, you remain
If the conductor's arms drop, you applaud.
If the conductor collapses, it's probably intermission.


Scott D. Morrow
DNA Synthesis Core Facility
Department of Biochemistry
The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-3631

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