World renowned pianist and academic, Professor David Owen Norris breaks down a new understanding of performance success: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/beyond-surprise-or-satisfy-a-new-theory-of-performance
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.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/beyond-surprise-or-satisfy-a-new-theory-of-performance
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