Maybe THIS is why you’re not supposed to clap between movements

12 December 2016, 12:36

yundi awkward applause

You know all those rules about when you can clap at a classical concert? Well, this examples shows that there might be a good reason for them.

The traditional etiquette of a classical concert dictates that thou shalt not clap in-between musical movements. Thou shalt save thy wild applause for the very end of the piece, after a respectful silence hath elapsed.

But the new school of thought is that this doesn’t matter, and that audiences should clap whenever they want.

Whichever side of the debate you fall under, it’s easy to sympathise with pianist Yundi Li during this Chopin recital when a declamatory phrase prompted the audience to clap - putting him off and causing this reaction: