On the concept of ‘music performance’ in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown: A brief musicological discussion based on a public survey among listeners in Argentina

DOI: https://doi.org/10.51191/issn.2637-1898.2020.3.5.89  

Magdalena Zorn

Institut für Musikwissenschaft
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Munich, Germany

Author’s contact information: Magdalena.Zorn@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Juan Manuel García

Expertcom Argentina
Junín (BA), Argentina

Author’s contact information: jmgarcia.engineering@gmail.com  


INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, Issue 5, 2020

Main Theme of the Issue: Art, Music and Technology in the Time of Global Crisis

Publisher: INSAM Institute for Contemporary Artistic Music, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Abstract: In this work, the concept of music performance in the context of the Covid-19 lockdown is assessed through a brief musicological discussion based on a public survey performed on the broad population in Argentina during the lockdown. Traditionally, listeners and performers interact in con­cert halls sharing the same space and time. During the Covid-19 lockdown, listeners and performers were obliged to stay home and thus, online music consumption in the genres of Classic, Jazz, Pop and Folk became “state of the art”. With the increasing importance of performances through the internet, the interaction between listeners and performers substantially changed. Giv­en that the context of a live performance on the internet is so different to that of one in a concert hall, we conducted a public anonymous survey during the lockdown in July and August 2020 to question listeners in the broad popula­tion of Argentina about both paradigms. With regards to the studied sample, listeners and performers seem to agree that live emissions via the internet do not suit their preferences of interaction as well as a music performance in a concert hall.

Keywords: COVID-19 lockdown, Argentina, online music, live performance, community experience


7. INSAM Journal 5, Zorn and Garcia


ISSN 2637 – 1898

COBISS.BH-ID 26698502

UDC 78:792

On the cover: Franziska Rittiger, Vanitas reloaded, 2020.

Design and layout: Milan Šuput, Bojana Radovanović


The Journal is indexed in: CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library RILM – Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

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