From Seat Cushions to Formulae

Sabine von Fischer

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759392
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918911 | DOI:
From Seat Cushions to Formulae

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This chapter focuses on the interactions of sound and space, specifically the architecture of concert halls. Theories of architectural acoustics around 1900 ranged from those that were rather mystical in nature, such as those put forward by Adolf Loos, to those that were more empirical and based on the science of acoustics, such as the work of the physicist Wallace C. Sabine. By analyzing a selection of German and Austrian concert halls, including the Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonie, this chapter walks readers through basic principles of architectural acoustics from the turn of the century to the post-war years.

Keywords: architecture; acoustics; concert halls; Berlin Philharmonie; Adolf Loos; Wallace Sabine

Chapter.  6996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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