Beyond Surprise and Satisfy: A New Theory of Performance – Professor David Owen Norris

World renowned pianist and academic, Professor David Owen Norris breaks down a new understanding of performance success:

That the key to an audience’s attention is to fulfil or frustrate its expectations is a theory first hinted at in 1752 by Charles Avison.

David Owen Norris fleshes it out with examples, including the blind-folded cellist and an occasion when Sir Peter Pears sang Eugene Onegin. And he takes the theory further by gazing into a looking-glass.

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