Sunday, April 20, 2008

How loud is too loud?

At a few key moments in our RES concert a week ago, a back desk first violinist wore her construction-grade ear protectors in order to block out the five or six percussionists behind her. I could not figure out how one could actually play with those things on, but this player is often seen wearing them in large orchestra concerts.

However, an article from the New York times came across my email this morning, outlines the European "noise-at-work" limits, which directly impacted the premiere of a new orchestral work. The article can be found here.

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