Conducting Technique: For Beginners and Professionals

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OUP USA, 2004 - Music - 140 pages
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This book starts at the very beginning and ends with some remarkably profound insights on conductorial subtleties. An experienced conductor is one in whom detection, diagnosis, and remedy take place simultaneously; as he hears the error, he realizes where the fault lies and what to do about it. This book gives valuable hints about these three basic conductorial functions from the viewpoint of chorus and orchestra alike. McElheran leads the student toward mastery of the problems at hand, with firmness and gentle humour.
 

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Contents

INSPIRATION
3
OTHER STUDIES
7
CONDUCTING TECHNIQUEGENERAL
9
THE BATON
13
ODDS AND ENDS
15
BEAT PATTERNSTHEORY
16
BEAT PATTERNSSPECIFIC
22
THE LEFT HAND
37
MOULDING THE MUSIC
83
FERMATAS
85
EARS
91
NERVES
93
THOUGHTS ON INTERPRETATION
95
SOME REHEARSAL SUGGESTIONS
103
SOLOS AND RECITATIVES
109
CHANGING BEAT UNITS
113

DYNAMICS ACCENTS PHRASING TEMPO CHARACTER
39
CUES
46
OFFBEAT CUES ACCENTS AND SYNCOPATIONS
50
CONDUCTING TO RECORDS
54
MORE ODDS AND ENDS
57
STARTS AND STOPS
64
SUBDIVISION AND MERGING
76
THE AVANTGARDE
120
THE CONCERT
122
NONMUSICAL CHORES
127
ON TEACHING CONDUCTING
128
ADDITIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS FOR THE THIRD EDITION
130
INDEX
135
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Brock McElheran was a conductor and professor at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, the State University of New York. During his active career he prepared choruses for many of the world's leading conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw and Zubin Mehta.

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