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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.

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Jeremy Summerly, Visiting Professor of Music History

Professor Jeremy Summerly

Visiting Professor of Music History

Jeremy Summerly is the Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He also chairs the Academy's Continuing Professional Development Programme.

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