A Sociological Reflection on the Concert Venue

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Arts sociology has shown a recent interest in space as a factor that influences cultural behavior. In the context of music, a sociological approach to the concert venue looks at the urban space where music is performed, often focusing, for example, on the spectacular new concert buildings of recent years. This chapter compares the usual with the extra-ordinary and the supra-ordinary concert space, critically reflecting on the “unusual concert hall” of the twenty-first century. At present, this type of hall is often only a tool for urban redevelopment, a magnet for leisure activities, a means of postindustrial urban development, or a landmark for a city. The central component of music mediation—that is, the autonomy of music—is neglected.
Translated title of the contributionEine soziologische Reflektion der Konzertsäle
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClassical Concert Studies : A Companion to Contemporary Research and Performance
EditorsMartin Tröndle
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationNew York & Milton Park
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group (GB)
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-85595-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-01383-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021