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Classical Notes

Venetian Church Acoustics

Posted at 3:50 PM on November 3, 2011 by William Johnston (1 Comments)

The nave in the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer (Giudecca, Venice)

As listeners of classical music, we sometimes wonder how it would have sounded its original listeners. Research has led to historically informed performances using elements such as period instruments, locations, and performance techniques.

Pipedreams host Michael Barone recently passed around this article about two scientists who did an analysis of two Venetian churches to see how the acoustics would have affected performances 400 years ago.

The results are quite fascinating and include recordings of a polyphonic work modified to fit the results of the model.

Comments (1)

That is a fascinating and thought provoking article.

Who would have thought back then, that they know so much about room treatments?

Room treatments are problematic in this day and age.

I listened to the audio cut, and as one would expect the anechoic recording is awful. The simulations of the recordings for festival day are awesome.

Now we need to confirm it with a recording made with spaces decked out for festival day, from the historic records.

As usual you always give something important to ponder.

Posted by Mark Carter | November 6, 2011 6:02 PM