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Chamber Music, Defined

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in upstate New York will host the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival beginning Sunday. For that reason, President and Executive Director Marcia White wrote a little tutorial describing this branch of classic music. Here is a key paragraph of the essay, which was carried by the The Albany Times Union website:

Frequently called “the music of friends,” Johann Wolfgang Goethe described chamber music as “four rational people conversing.” Chamber music requires a specialized set of techniques from its performers, and not all of them musical. Differing from symphonic and solo work, chamber music is both extremely social and extremely intimate. Musicians must negotiate one another’s personalities and find balance and flexibility in performance.

Here is SPAC’s website. Above is a video in a similar education vein from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.