A Century of Recorded Music: Listening to Musical History

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Yale University Press, 2000 - Music - 306 pages
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A century of recording has fundamentally changed our experience of music--the way we listen to it and the way it is performed. This highly engaging book is the first thorough exploration of the impact of recording technology upon the art of music. Timothy Day chronicles the developments in recording technology since its inception and describes the powerful effects it has had on artistic performance, audience participation, and listening habits. He compares the characteristics of musical life one hundred years ago--before the phonograph--to those of today and offers a fascinating analysis of how performing practices, images of performers, the work of composers, and performance choices in concert halls and opera houses have changed. This book will inform and engage a wide range of readers, from those who love music and recordings to performers and scholars and all readers with an interest in the social and artistic history of the twentieth century.

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Day is curator of Western art music at the Sound Archive of the British Library, London, one of the largest collections of recorded sound in the world.

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