patH: No, loud music is not appropriate for industrial times, but it is a product of industrial times.
I gave a lecture at university earlier this year, which included performing the same pieces (baroque) on portative organ, clavichord, harpsichord and modern piano.
The clavichord, in Bach's day, was the preferred instrument for solo performing, being an expressive instrument. The harpsichord was used in chamber ensembles because it was very loud.
Volume was not an issue in most places (salons) where solo music was played. They were made of stone, had no electric lights, refrigerators, cell phones, air conditioning, jet airplanes, trucks, cars, screaming kids... The ambient sound level was extremely low, so a clavichord sounds loud in that venue and a harpsichord too loud. The ear, like the eye, adjusts its range of sensitivity according to the conditions.
I know this from first hand experience. I gave a concert with my wife, a baroque singer, a few years ago in a small, live chapel. We started out doing French lute songs which I accompanied on clavichord. Then we shifted to harpsichord for a cantata. The audience gave an huge gasp when I played the first opening flourish. It literally assaulted the ears, much like going from a dark room suddenly into bright sunlight.
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