The Birth Of Sound Recording Technology

1801 Words Nov 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Since the birth of sound-recording technology in the late 19th century, there have been a multitude of advancements in the preservation of sound within a physical form, as well as immense impacts on the way the art is heard, attained, performed, and composed, among many other aspects. Today, sound-recording technology is essential to the lifeblood of music, and offers a plethora of benefits and options to listeners, musicians, composers, and the like. In a time before the breakthrough, hearing a symphony or an opera was only possible through attending a live performance. Therefore the audience’s idea of a given piece of music was determined by only what they have heard performed live. It was certainly possible to see pieces of music performed more than once, whether by the same musicians or not, yet drawing comparisons between the different performances was likely a complicated task. Now, we have the advantage of accessing recorded performances of an unfathomable amount of music. From this, we can easily compare multiple performances of the same music to further refine our taste, knowledge, and understanding of the art. To have a sound-recording of a composer/musician performing their own work is a major benefit to the music world, and of course is exclusive to the time following the development of the technology. Sergei Rachmaninoff recorded many of his works, in particular the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C-minor (1901), one of his most famous compositions, with The…
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