The Signal of a Theater Play Opening During the 19th Century, Austrian Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Leveraging This Technique for Symphonies, and Expected Behavior Within a Theater During the 18th Century

18th century music would often open with a strong fanfare of a few short notes, as there was no electricity during this period and therefore theater show lights could not be dimmed down to signal the beginning of a theatrical show. Mozart enjoyed using this mechanism as it was a strong way to open his symphonies. During the 18th century, it wasn’t uncommon for people to chat and drink during a performance, or move around if they saw somebody they knew so that they could go strike up a conversati...

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