Concert and Opera Halls: How They Sound / Edition 1

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1563965305 Acoustical Society of America; NY, 1996. Hardcover. First edition. NEW in publisher's shrink, corners sharp. 643pp, Small 4to[quarto or aprx 8 x 11 inches]. We pack ... securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire. Read more Show Less

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International acoustics consultant Leo Beranek provides a well-illustrated guide to the world's important concert and opera halls, examining their acoustical quality as judged by conductors and music critics. His descriptions and photographs of 76 concert and opera halls throughout the world provide a handbook for today's peripatetic musicians and music lovers. In addition, Dr. Beranek tells how composers adapt the style of their music to particular halls and how musicians adjust their playing to complement the acoustics. He also proposes a common language for musicians and acousticians. The photographs, drawings to the same scale, and architectural and acoustical details on the 76 concert halls in 22 countries yield a gold mine of information pertinent to the design of concert halls and opera houses. The acoustical attributes of those halls, molded by shape, surface arrangements, materials, balconies, boxes, seats and suspended elements, are related to the subjective classifications, thus offering new direction to architectural and acoustical design. Finally, the appendices contain modern acoustical data on 80 concert and opera halls.
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Sets out common concepts and terms by which acoustical engineers, musicians, and listeners can discuss and compare the characteristics of concert halls and opera houses, then uses them to rank 66 concert halls and 10 opera houses in a number of qualities. Draws on interviews with a group of conductors, music critics, and sound engineers, and on a written questionnaire mailed to an entirely different group of musicians and critics. Among the qualities are reverberance, brilliance, and warmth; spaciousness; echo, noise, distortion, and non-uniformity. The age, shape, size, seating density, and materials of the halls are also described. Well illustrated in black and white. Published for the Acoustic Society of America. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563965302
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 643
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 14.28 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Acoustics and Music 1
Ch. 2 Seeking a Common Language for Musicians and Acousticians 21
Ch. 3 Acoustics and Musical Qualities 27
Ch. 4 Laboratory Determined Psychoacoustic Parameters 39
Ch. 5 World Concert Halls Ranked According to Acoustical Quality 51
Ch. 6 The Seventy-Six Halls 63
Ch. 7 Concert Halls: Age, Size, Shape, Materials, and Seating Density 411
Ch. 8 Reverberence, Brilliance, and Warmth (Bass Strength) 419
Ch. 9 Loudness, Optimum Hall Size, and Design of Halls to Specification 439
Ch. 10 Diffusion and Surface Irregularities 451
Ch. 11 Spaciousness 461
Ch. 12 Clarity, Intimacy, and Texture 477
Ch. 13 Balance, Blend, Ensemble, and Attack 487
Ch. 14 Echo, Noise, Distortion, and Nonuniformity 493
Ch. 15 An Objective Rating Method 507
Ch. 16 Architectural Design of Opera Halls 523
Ch. 17 Architectural Factors in the Design of Concert Halls 539
Appendix 1. Terminology and Conversion Factors 567
Appendix 2. Equations for Acoustical Attributes 573
Appendix 3. Surveys of Acoustical Quality of Concert Halls 577
Appendix 4. Acoustical Data for Halls 591
Appendix 5. Sound Absorption Data for Seats, Both Occupied and Unoccupied, and for Materials of Inner Surfaces 619
References 629
Name Index 631
Subject Index 635
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