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date: 25 July 2021

p. 605. Conductorslocked

p. 605. Conductorslocked

  • D. Kern Holoman


The conductor's artistic duty is singular in purpose: to plan and lead concerts. He or she must also be a teacher, guardian, high priest, philanthropist, and charismatic leader. ‘Conductors’ describes the role of the conductor in the orchestra, looks at how they reach the podium, and why they are important. Conductors must demonstrate many talents: musical talent, work ethic, acute powers of hearing, and ear-eye-body rapport. Reading an orchestral score demands a unique kind of mental agility. What happens in orchestra rehearsals, where the bulk of the conductor's work is carried out, is mostly hidden from the public. Where there are happy marriages of conductors with players and publics, orchestral harmony is achieved.

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