Between producers and consumers: critics’ role in guiding listeners’ choices

Alessandri, E. and Eiholzer, H. and Williamon, A. (2013) Between producers and consumers: critics’ role in guiding listeners’ choices. In: International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, 23-31 August 2013, Austria.

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This study investigated how professional critics’ judgments of recorded performances relate to other listeners’ preferences. Music students (n=10) and music professionals (n=7) were asked to rate their liking of five interpretations of the opening of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 111. Listeners’ likings were compared with judgments given in reviews published in the Gramophone. Correlation between critics’ judgments and music professionals’ preferences was moderate, while no correlation was found between critics’ evaluation and music students’ likings. The results suggest that preferences for given interpretations of a piece vary between listeners and may be influenced by the listeners’ prior experience of detailed listening and study of repertoire and its renditions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance preferences; music criticism; musical expertise; listeners’ choices; Beethoven
Subjects: Performance Science
Music Psychology
Music aesthetics
Music cognition
Division: Performance Science
Depositing User: Professor Aaron Williamon
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2018 14:59

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