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date: 21 January 2019

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The emergence of program notes and concert guidebooks in the second half of the nineteenth century in Europe and North America are symptoms of a culture of listening that shows many structural similarities between the practice of concert-goers and tourists. This chapter develops the cultural-historical argument that the tourist’s mode of discovering and appropriating the world established patterns of behavior that would soon enough make their entry into concert halls and opera houses. By analyzing the shared features between music listening and tourism, special focus has to be given to the markers that announce, promote, and explain the “musical sight.” Characteristic for the new auditory paradigm of “touristic listening” is a practical, work-focused knowledge that frames, guides, and canonizes the listening experience.

Keywords: guided listening, instruction in listening, Karl Baedeker, John Murray, program notes, travel guidebooks, Eduard Hanslick, Dean MacCannell, Hermann Kretzschmar, tourism

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