Originality or Familiarity?

A discussion on programming a recital of new and existing musical works

  • David Behrens
Keywords: Recital programmes, originality, familiarity, audience engagement, jazz music, classical music


This article explores the dramaturgical strategies used to present chosen recital repertoire, initially outlining what lead to the formation of the programme, before discussing elements of musical narrativity and how that can aid in conveying meaning on a deeper level. In addition, the article investigates the importance of utilising novelty in balance with familiarity to entice an audience, whilst keeping an awareness of the drawbacks that each can impose. Finally, the presence of a unifying theme will be discussed with regards to how it can potentially add originality, resulting in a programme that can be simultaneously engaging and informative.