Should a composer leave the listener wanting more, or must a musical ending be definitive? Is a ‘fade out’ actually a cop-out, and is a decisive ending preferable to an abrupt one? In short, is the object of a musical ending to bring an audience to its feet? And what about false endings? Do they excite or belittle the audience?
This lecture will certainly not be the last word on the subject of musical endings, but it might, ironically, be a start.
Jeremy is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme.
He has delivered the annual Christmas carol service at Gresham College since 2014. In 2019, he was made Visiting Professor of Music History.
Professor Summerly's lecture series are as follows:
2019/20 Making Music
All lectures by the Visiting Professor of Music History can be accessed here.
Current Visiting Professor of Music