It's one aspect of attending concert that I absolutely despise which is the no clapping and cheering and applause in between movement in particular for baroque/classical era and early romantic era work
It's ahistorical, romantic revisionism of the past, against human nature, against the spirit of the work itself, against the intention of the composer and in fact seems disrespectful to what the composer is trying to elicit from the audience etc etc.
The argument for not applauding seems to be based on the idea that the work is a singularly whole work and hence you must applause after the entire work is played rather than in between it.
Except classical era works aren't concept albums where there is a unifying whole and even if there are links between movements (such as Beethoven symphonies) to create a unifying whole, the composers put in breaks to ensure that people can process what happened in the movement before moving on. Hell it's like if The Who played Quadrophenia or Tommy in full to the audience and then tell the audience off for applauding in between songs as the songs were designed as part of a singular concept album.
During the baroque, classical and early romantic era it was expected that worked was applauded in between movements (Mozart documented this in many of his letters0 and in fact if the audience didn't applause the composer knew the audience didn't like the work aka Brahms knew his first Piano concerto was a flopped due to silence from the audience after the opening movement.
The most absurd situation was watching a performance of Beethoven Violin Concerto. There was an cadenza where the soloist is doing a virtuosic solo part, then the orchestra comes in with a loud fanfare/perfect cadence to conclude the movement.
This is based on operatic tradition of the melismatic cadenza from opera singers to conclude an aria. No one will bat an eyelid if the audience spontaneously applause an aria from an opera so why would people be against applauding a similar display of virtuosity from the soloist?
THe opening movement of a symphony/concerto often seems designed to elicit that spontaneous applause. A bombastic intellectually challenging opening movement that ends with loud grandiose fanfare is basically the composer asking the audience to "spontaneously' applause and is a deliberate attempt at trying to elicit that reaction.
Someone should make a sketch comedy parody of having a full blown orchestra ending a movement with loud fanfare, continually repeating perfect cadence (sort of like the end of 5th symphony by Beethoven), have cannon ball and fireworks blasting. Then the audience stand up and applause leading the conductor to admonished the audience for rudeness for applauding and not respecting a multi-movement work. That is how absurd I see it when a classical era work is greeted with silence after the opening movement.
I remember attending a pre-concert talk regarding Beethoven 7th symphony where after the second movement was played during its premiere. The audience had such a positive reaction to it that they demanded an encore of repeating that movement (and that request was granted as well). The presenter who did that talk then mention "but don't do that today" which elicit a laugh from the audience.
Which perfectly shows messed up things are and the barriers between the musicians and audience of the musician as god and the audience must reverentially admire the musicians in silence with nil interaction between the audience and the musician on stage.
The silly thing is that the alternative to not clapping isn't silence. You will never hear silence after a movement is played, what you'll hear is coughing, the audience moving around etc. So apparently coughing is a more appropriate and dignified response to ending of a movement than spontaneous applause?
You know who to blame for this mess, my old friend Richard Wagner. "New Yorker critic Alex Ross points the finger at German composer Richard Wagner for instigating this change in audience behavior. Ross says the ball got rolling in Bayreuth at the premiere of Wagner's opera "Parsifal" in 1882. "
God damn, Wagner is one of the worst influence on music ever