- Extra Reading
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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