Week 2 (25.2.): Architecture and acoustics. Classical music venues. Spatial music.
Readings: Forsyth, Michael (1995): “Theme and Variations,” 3, 8, 9, 13, 15-17, and “Patrons, Pleasure gardens, and the early Musick Room,” 21, 22, in Buildings for Music: The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Blesser, Barry, and Linda-Ruth Salter. 2007. “The Acoustics of Public Spaces in Ancient Greece,” “The Advent of Public Performance Spaces.” In Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture, 94-97, 100-102.
Assignments: What is the main argument by Forsyth, in regard to the relation between music and architecture? Provide 3 examples of how architecture influences music style? In Blesser and Salter, discuss also how historical changes affect both architecture and music (one or two examples from each text). Consider especially Protestantism, and the rise of middle classes in Europe. One paragraph.