On the dynamic structure of concert-programs


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Abstract

The compositions played in 240 concerts directed by Koussevitsky were tabulated on a time scale. Graphic analysis shows an exponential relationship between number of pieces and frequency of performance; similarly, between number of composers and frequency of performance of their works. The exponential relationship is purported to represent a satisfying selection for a uniform audience, and a deviation from expected form of the graph is interpreted as due to an attempt to satisfy two types of audience members. The analysis of interval between repetitions of composers' pieces indicates runs of popularity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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