Audio stories: Peculiar properties of circus music

New issue of Audio Stories column is dedicated to circus music and its peculiarities. The unique atmosphere of joy and exhilaration inherent in the circus is made up of many components. The dexterity of acrobats and tightrope walkers, the gracefulness of horses and the knack of riders, the comic timing of clowns and the booming voice of the announcer - all are integral parts of a circus performance. Just as in other performing arts, music plays a special role in circus performances.

Learning how circus developed its musical traditions, how a particular aesthetic of circus performances was created, and which musical tempos and instrumental modulations became a priority for orchestras accompanying these bright, mesmerizing spectacles both for children and adults, the next time you attend a circus performance you will experience the thrill, sparkling excitement and quickened pulse of circus marches.