Symphonies are for big ideas. Big. Long. Mind-blowing ideas. And sometimes composers can be, uhmmmm…”protracted.” Which means that some symphonies can clock up to 1.5 hrs in length (hello Mahler).  So what’s an audience member supposed to do in all that time?

The smart people at NPR’s Deceptive Cadence have given us a little primer on how to get more out of one’s music listening experience.  It’s not always about the melody.  Sometimes it’s about what’s happening “inside” the music or what’s going on with they rhythm or the different sounds that sections of the orchestra can make.

Check out their very informative 4 Ways to Hear More in Music, including “Rhythm”: