In the 18th Century, noblewoman Maria Mitterbacher describes those at a chamber music gathering she regularly attended as “really just one family.” Rebekah Cordova describes the scene of small punk house shows she frequented in the late 90’s as her true “school” for her later teen years.
Interesting…these two women did not perform at these gatherings and yet still felt immensely involved. There is something different about the act of chamber music that rang true to a noblewoman and a punk respectively.
That “something different” is what begs to be explored. How does chamber music bring people together in a way that elevates the experience to become life affirming and altering?
I have tried to use sociology to act as a lens to pursue this connecting line. The fruits of such a journey are available for your perusal (here).