John Florance investigates how the etiquette of classical music audiences has changed.
John Florance investigates how the etiquette of classical music audiences has changed over the centuries. From March 2003.
John Florance traces the changes in etiquette in listening to classical music in concert halls over the centuries. At the first ever public concert in 1672, people could request favourite pieces and ale was served throughout the evening. Today, we are expected to sit in total silence in concert halls and woe betide the person who needs to sneeze or cough during the music. So how have we journeyed from the atmosphere of a tavern brawl to the hallowed silence of a cathedral whilst listening to classical music over the years? And how might audiences behave in the future?
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John Florance explores the lives of some of the first pop stars - classical composers.
John Florance explores the lives of some of the first pop stars - classical composers and musicians. From March 2003.
If you thought that the cult of celebrity musicians began with Elvis and the Beatles, then think again.
John Florance explores the lives of some of the heroes and heroines from musical history who were the pop idols of their day.
He looks at the lives of Beethoven, Liszt, Paganini, Wagner and various opera divas and asks what it was about all these performers that drove their public wild.