A History of Orchestral Conducting

A History of Orchestral Conducting
Author: Elliott W. Galkin
Publsiher: Pendragon Press
Total Pages: 944
Release: 1988
ISBN 10: 9780918728470
ISBN 13: 0918728479
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Orchestral Conducting Book Review:

Although the bibliography of literature about personalities in the conducting world is extensive, a comprehensive, scholarly study of the history of conducting has been sorely lacking. Georg Schünemann's respected study, published in 1913, was brief and restricted to the procedures of time-beating. No work has attempted to examine the role of the orchestral conductor and to document the evolution of his art from historical, technical, and aesthetic perspectives. Dr. Elliott W. Galkin, musicologist, conductor, and critic-twice winner of the Deems Taylor award for distinguished writing about music-has produced such a work in A History of Orchestral Conducting. The central historical section of the book, which examines chronologically the theories and functions of time-beating and interpretative concepts of performance, is preceded by discussions of rhythm, development of the orchestral medium, and the evolving characteristics of orchestration. Conductors of unusual pivotal influence are examined in depth, as is the increasingly complex psychology of the podium. Critical writings since the time of Monteverdi and the birth of the orchestra are surveyed and compared. Analyses of conducting as an art and craft by musicians from Berlioz to Bernstein and commentators from Mattheson, Bernard Shaw, and Thomas Mann to Jacques Barzun, are described and discussed. A fascinating collection of engravings, wood cuts, photographs and caricatures contributes to the richness of this work.

The Silent Musician

The Silent Musician
Author: Mark Wigglesworth
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2019-03-21
ISBN 10: 022662255X
ISBN 13: 9780226622552
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silent Musician Book Review:

The conductor—tuxedoed, imposingly poised above an orchestra, baton waving dramatically—is a familiar figure even for those who never set foot in an orchestral hall. As a veritable icon for classical music, the conductor has also been subjected to some ungenerous caricatures, presented variously as unhinged gesticulator, indulged megalomaniac, or even outright impostor. Consider, for example: Bugs Bunny as Leopold Stokowski, dramatically smashing his baton and then breaking into erratic poses with a forbidding intensity in his eyes, or Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, unwittingly conjuring dangerous magic with carefree gestures he doesn’t understand. As these clichés betray, there is an aura of mystery around what a conductor actually does, often coupled with disbelief that he or she really makes a difference to the performance we hear. The Silent Musician deepens our understanding of what conductors do and why they matter. Neither an instruction manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting, the book instead explores the role of the conductor in noiselessly shaping the music that we hear. Writing in a clever, insightful, and often evocative style, world-renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth deftly explores the philosophical underpinnings of conducting—from the conductor’s relationship with musicians and the music, to the public and personal responsibilities conductors face—and examines the subtler components of their silent art, which include precision, charisma, diplomacy, and passion. Ultimately, Wigglesworth shows how conductors—by simultaneously keeping time and allowing time to expand—manage to shape ensemble music into an immersive, transformative experience, without ever making a sound.

The Score the Orchestra and the Conductor

The Score  the Orchestra  and the Conductor
Author: Gustav Meier
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2009-08-26
ISBN 10: 9780199716906
ISBN 13: 0199716900
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Score the Orchestra and the Conductor Book Review:

Known internationally for his work as a teacher of conducting, Gustav Meier's influence in the field cannot be overstated. In The Score, the Orchestra and the Conductor, Meier demystifies the conductor's craft with explanations and illustrations of what the conductor must know to attain podium success. He provides useful information from the rudimentary to the sophisticated, and offers specific and readily applicable advice for technical and musical matters essential to the conductor's first rehearsal with the orchestra. This book details many topics that otherwise are unavailable to the aspiring and established conductor, including the use of the common denominator, the "The ZIG-ZAG method", a multiple, cross-indexed glossary of orchestral instruments in four languages, an illustrated description of string harmonics, and a comprehensive listing of voice categories, their overlaps, dynamic ranges and repertory. The Score, the Orchestra and the Conductor is an indispensable addition to the library of every conductor and conducting student.

The Art of Conducting Technique

The Art of Conducting Technique
Author: Harold Farberman
Publsiher: Alfred Music
Total Pages: 304
Release: 1999-11-27
ISBN 10: 9781457460326
ISBN 13: 1457460327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Conducting Technique Book Review:

A fresh, original look at the art of conducting, including Pattern Cubes, which is a three-dimensional system for charting baton movement. Through this book, both the aspiring and the experienced conductor will benefit from Harold Farberman's experience and ideas.

The Cambridge Companion to Conducting

The Cambridge Companion to Conducting
Author: José Antonio Bowen
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2003-11-20
ISBN 10: 1107494788
ISBN 13: 9781107494787
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Companion to Conducting Book Review:

In this wide-ranging inside view of the history and practice of conducting, analysis and advice comes directly from working conductors, including Sir Charles Mackerras on opera, Bramwell Tovey on being an Artistic Director, Martyn Brabbins on modern music, Leon Botstein on programming and Vance George on choral conducting, and from those who work closely with conductors: a leading violinist describes working as a soloist with Stokowski, Ormandy and Barbirolli, while Solti and Abbado's studio producer explains orchestral recording, and one of the world's most powerful managers tells all. The book includes advice on how to conduct different types of groups (choral, opera, symphony, early music) and provides a substantial history of conducting as a study of national traditions. It is an unusually honest book about a secretive industry and managers, artistic directors, soloists, players and conductors openly discuss their different perspectives for the first time.

The Orchestral Conductor s Career Handbook

The Orchestral Conductor s Career Handbook
Author: Carl Topilow
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2021-06-05
ISBN 10: 1538154609
ISBN 13: 9781538154601
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Orchestral Conductor s Career Handbook Book Review:

The Orchestral Conductor’s Career Handbook is a guide for the musical and professional development of conductors. Carl Topilow provides practical advice for establishing a conducting career, addressing topics like education, jobs, orchestra types, programming, connecting with audiences, and even business aspects such as interacting with donors.

A History of Orchestral Conducting from the Keyboard to the Podium

A History of Orchestral Conducting from the Keyboard to the Podium
Author: Raul A. Munguia
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 76
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:426052462
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting
Author: Harold Rosenbaum
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2017-10-17
ISBN 10: 135167367X
ISBN 13: 9781351673679
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting Book Review:

Rooted in the experience of a professional choral conductor, this book provides a guide to practical issues facing conductors of choral ensembles at all levels, from youth choruses to university ensembles, church and community choirs, and professional vocal groups. Paired with the discussion of practical challenges is a discussion of over fifty key works from the choral literature, with performance suggestions to aid the choral conductor in directing each piece. Dealing with often-overlooked yet vital considerations such as how to work with composers, recording, concert halls, and choral tours, A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting offers a valuable resource for both emerging choral conductors and students of choral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Music as Alchemy

Music as Alchemy
Author: Tom Service
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-06-05
ISBN 10: 0571268714
ISBN 13: 9780571268719
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music as Alchemy Book Review:

How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries. Orchestras can be inspired to the heights of musical and expressive possibility by their maestros, or flabbergasted that someone who doesn't even make a sound should be elevated to demigod-like status by the public. This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world - how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.

Inside Conducting

Inside Conducting
Author: Christopher Seaman
Publsiher: University Rochester Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1580464114
ISBN 13: 9781580464116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside Conducting Book Review:

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A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor

A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor
Author: Emily Freeman Brown
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2015-08-20
ISBN 10: 0810884011
ISBN 13: 9780810884014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor Book Review:

Titles in Dictionaries for the Modern Musician: A Scarecrow Press Music Series offer both the novice and the advanced artist key information designed to convey the field of study and performance for a major instrument or instrument class, as well as the workings of musicians in areas from conducting to composing. Unlike other encyclopedic works, contributions to this series focus primarily on the knowledge required by the contemporary musical student or performer. Each dictionary covers topics from instrument parts to playing technique, major works to key figures. A must-have for any musician’s personal library! Filling a vital need in the rapidly changing and complex field of conducting, A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor is a concise one-volume reference tool that brings together for the first time information covering a broad array of topics essential for today’s conductor to know. Author and conductor Emily Freeman Brown offers easy-to-read definitions of key musical terms, translated foreign terms, examples of usage from orchestral music and practical vocabulary in multiple languages. A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor includes biographies of major conductors and other individual important to the world of modern conducting, emphasizing throughout their contributions to the progress of the conducting professional; critical information on major orchestras, significant ensembles, key institutions and organizations, with a focus on the ways in which they preserve and advance today’s musical life; and practical entries covering baton and rehearsal techniques, bowing terms, information about instruments, voice types and much more. In a series of appendixes, A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor also covers such topics as orchestral works that changed the art and practice of conducting, a short historiography of conducting, a comprehensive bibliography, a look at conducting recitative, and a list of pitches, interval names, rhythmic terms, orchestral and percussion instrument names, and finally translations of all of these categories of information into French, German, Italian, and Spanish. A Dictionary for the Modern Conductor will appeal to aspiring conductors and seasoned professionals. It is an invaluable resource.

Michael Costa England s First Conductor

Michael Costa  England s First Conductor
Author: Sir John Goulden
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2015-02-28
ISBN 10: 1472427173
ISBN 13: 9781472427175
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Michael Costa England s First Conductor Book Review:

Among the major changes that swept through the music industry during the mid-nineteenth century was how musical performances were managed and directed. From a loose control shared between the violin-leader, musical director and maestro al cembalo to a system of tight and unified control under a professional conductor-manager. This process brought with it not only baton conducting in its modern form, but also higher standards, a new orchestral lay-out and a more focused rehearsal regime. The key figure in this process was Michael Costa whose uniquely powerful position in the operatic, symphonic and choral worlds provide a fascinating insight into the politics and changing aesthetics of the Victorian musical landscape.

Conducting the Wind Orchestra Meaning Gesture and Expressive Potential

Conducting the Wind Orchestra  Meaning  Gesture  and Expressive Potential
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Cambria Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 1621969584
ISBN 13: 9781621969587
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conducting the Wind Orchestra Meaning Gesture and Expressive Potential Book Review:

Michael Costa England s First Conductor

Michael Costa  England s First Conductor
Author: John Goulden
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN 10: 1317096908
ISBN 13: 9781317096900
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Michael Costa England s First Conductor Book Review:

Among the major changes that swept through the music industry during the mid-nineteenth century, one that has received little attention is how musical performances were managed and directed. Yet this was arguably the most radical change of all: from a loose control shared between the violin-leader, musical director and maestro al cembalo to a system of tight and unified control under a professional conductor-manager. This process brought with it not only baton conducting in its modern form, but also higher standards of training and discipline, a new orchestral lay-out and a more focused rehearsal regime. The resulting rise in standards of performance was arguably the greatest achievement of English music in the otherwise rather barren mid-Victorian period. The key figure in this process was Michael Costa, who built for himself unprecedented contractual powers and used his awesome personal authority to impose reform on the three main institutions of mid-Victorian music: the opera houses, the Philharmonic and the Sacred Harmonic Society. He was a central figure in the battles between the two rival opera houses, between the Philharmonic and the New Philharmonic, and between the venerable Ancient Concerts and the mass festival events of the Sacred Harmonic Society. Costa’s uniquely powerful position in the operatic, symphonic and choral world and the rapidity with which he was forgotten after his death provide a fascinating insight into the politics and changing aesthetics of the Victorian musical world.

Conductors in Britain 1870 1914

Conductors in Britain  1870 1914
Author: Fiona M. Palmer
Publsiher: Boydell & Brewer
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 1783271450
ISBN 13: 9781783271450
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conductors in Britain 1870 1914 Book Review:

Shows how the work of orchestral conductors was shaped by and enriched cultural life in Britain from the late Victorian era to World War I.

The Virtuoso Conductors

The Virtuoso Conductors
Author: Raymond Holden
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2005-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300093261
ISBN 13: 0300093268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Virtuoso Conductors Book Review:

An expert's guide to the skills of the greatest conductors

Conducting Technique For Beginners and Professionals With Musical Notes

Conducting Technique  For Beginners and Professionals   With Musical Notes
Author: Brock Macelheran
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 132
Release: 1966
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:877536415
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Conducting Berlioz

Conducting Berlioz
Author: Norman Del Mar
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780198165590
ISBN 13: 0198165595
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conducting Berlioz Book Review:

Berlioz, the enfant terrible of music if ever there was one, was always a favorite of the late Norman Del Mar. In this volume (seen through the press by his son Jonathan) Norman Del Mar brings all his wide experience to the explanations and elucidation of the more difficult points of conducting these works. The most imaginative orchestrator ever is treated with wisdom and perception and many doubtful technical points are clarified in this invaluable handbook. Anyone wanting to know more about Berlioz's works, be they student or music-loving listener, will find their enjoyment enhanced after reading this indispensable study. The three extraordinary symphonies are considered in detail, followed by six overtures, and other important works. The volume culminates in chapters on the Grande Messe des morts and Te Deum which give true insight into these major choral pieces. Del Mar's writing style is easily approachable and carries the reader along in eager anticipation as understanding is assimilated from his own infectious enthusiasm.

Charles Munch

Charles Munch
Author: D. Kern Holoman
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2012-01-19
ISBN 10: 0199772703
ISBN 13: 9780199772704
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Charles Munch Book Review:

A mesmerizing figure in concert, Charles Munch was celebrated for his electrifying public performances. He was a pioneer in many arenas of classical music--establishing Berlioz in the canon, perfecting the orchestral work of Debussy and Ravel, and leading the world to Roussel, Honegger, and Dutilleux. This is the first full biography of a giant of twentieth-century music, tracing his dramatic survival in occupied Paris, his triumphant arrival at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his later years, when he was a leading cultural figure in the United States, a man known and admired by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy.

The Orchestra

The Orchestra
Author: D. Kern Holoman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2012-10-25
ISBN 10: 0199760284
ISBN 13: 9780199760282
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Orchestra Book Review:

The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction considers the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society. Far from an anachronistic organization that cannot long survive, it is shown to be powerful political and social force, occupying critical positions in cultural diplomacy, national identity, and civic pride.