"Bravo, bravo! More, more!"
When the audience has collectively risen to its feet in praise of a soloist, applauding enthusiastically and shouting for more -- should that soloist always be expected to provide an encore?
I've attended and played in concerts in which the soloist was exceptionally generous, playing two or three encore pieces even after performing an arduous work.
However, in the concerts I've attended over the last year, only about 50 percent of the soloists gave encores, even after multiple curtain calls, standing ovations, etc. In one case, it was a performance of the Bernstein Serenade, which certainly is a long and intense work that stands on its own - yet the audience wanted more. Another was a pianist who played a standard, albeit quite difficult work -- no encore.
Granted, soloists aren't paid anything extra to play an encore, and after giving 100 percent to play a difficult and virtuosic work, it might seem like too much. Yet, it's been a long-held tradition.
What are your thoughts on the matter -- should a soloist always give an encore if an audience clearly wants it? Are fewer artists giving encores these days? Do audiences really want encores? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts.
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