, Volume 65, Issue 1–2, pp 33–53 | Cite as

Geographies of the Orchestra

  • David B. Knight


Chamber and symphony orchestras are considered from four scales of generalization. The macro scale outlines the origins and dispersals of the institution, from ancient times to the present. The meso scale identifies locations for performance, principally halls and their space needs, but also outdoor locations. The mini scale identifies contrasting orchestral spatial organizations, interactions among the musicians, between players and conductor, and issues of gender and race. The micro scale explores the individual musician’s use of space, which becomes a personal place. The interplay between these scales is complex.


Orchestra performance scale spatial organization 


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  1. 1.David B. KnightOntarioCanada

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