By Leo Beranek
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5 sec at mid-frequencies. 4 sec at midfrequencies. 3 sec at mid-frequencies. Toward the middle of the nineteenth century, the popular appeal of orchestral concerts became manifest in the construction of the first large halls specifically designed for concerts. These halls also had much longer reverberation times. 8 sec, with full audience. 6 sec. The longer reverberation times of the best of these large concert halls added to their fullness of tone and, hence, to the dramatic value of the music, while at the same time their narrow rectangular shapes, which provided early reflections from the side walls, preserved the clarity necessary for Classical music.
Bach's Toccata in D Minor for organ needs a reverberation time of at least 3 sec in order to realize its full sonorities. At the other end of the spectrum, a piano concerto by Mozart-with its rapid solo passages and the delicate interplay of piano and different orchestral voices-needs considerable horizontal and vertical definition. It should be performed in a room that has a relatively short reverberation time and that allows for a larger amount of energy in the early sound relative to that in the reverberant sound.
Music and Acoustics the melodic material, augmented by woodwind passages as these became more prominent. Bringing in the full orchestra emphasized larger movements. These new sounds developed concomitantly with the expanding audience. Growing in number throughout the eighteenth century, public concerts were performed in London and Paris; by the end of the eighteenth century, public concerts became highly popular, owing mainly to historical and sociological developments but perhaps also to the new musical style.