Conducting and Rehearsing the Instrumental Music Ensemble: Scenarios, Priorities, Strategies, Essentials, and Repertoire

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Music - 501 pages
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Conducting and Rehearsing the Instrumental Music Ensemble is the most comprehensive guide on the rehearsal process for conducting instrumental music ensembles. Ideal for the advanced instrumental music conductor seeking to look beyond basic conducting technique, this work breaks the multidimensional activity of working with an ensemble, orchestra, or band into its constituent components. Advanced students of conducting will find within the full range of conducting activities: Chapters on the infrastructure of the rehearsal, the rehearsal environment, 10 rehearsal essentials, score study, music imagery, inner singing, and rehearsal procedures (with an emphasis on an integrated approach to rehearsing) The technical priorities of intonation and tuning, rhythm patterns, ensemble sonority (tone, balance, blend, color and texture), and articulation The musical priorities of tempo and ensemble precision, phrasing and the musical line, style and interpretation, dynamics and musical expression Emphasizing the expectations of 21st-century conductors, the challenges of conducting and rehearsing contemporary music, preparing conductor profiles and self-evaluations, and moving from the rehearsal process to concert performance Conducting and Rehearsing the Instrumental Music Ensemble is a great resource for teachers and students of conducting, as well as current conductors wishing to further hone their skills."
 

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Contents

Infrastructure and Process
3
Environment and Climate
25
Chapter Three The Ten Essentials of the Rehearsal Process Scenario
47
Part II THE CONDUCTOR IN THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
85
Chapter Four Conducting Technique
87
Chapter Five Score Study Music Imagery and Inner Singing
114
Chapter Six Rehearsal Segments and Procedures
125
Chapter Seven An Integrated Approach to Rehearsing
140
Part V THE CONDUCTOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY
327
Chapter Sixteen Conducting and Rehearsing Contemporary Music
329
Chapter Seventeen Conductor Profile and SelfEvaluation
343
From Rehearsal Process to Concert Performance
366
Appendix A Score Study and Program Building with Standard Repertoire
377
Appendix B An Outline of Conducting and Rehearsing Problems
423
Appendix C An Outline of Technical Problems Encountered in the Ensemble Rehearsal Process
429
Appendix D Instrumental Techniques Intonation ProblemsSolutions and Special Effects for the Individual Instruments
437

Part III TECHNICAL PRIORITIES AND TEACHING STRATEGIES
159
Chapter Eight Intonation and Tuning
161
Chapter Nine Rhythms and Rhythm Patterns
181
Tone Balance Blend Color and Texture
202
Chapter Eleven Articulation and Bowing
224
Part IV MUSICAL PRIORITIES AND TEACHING STRATEGIES
243
Chapter Twelve Tempo and Ensemble Precision
245
Chapter Thirteen Phrasing and the Musical Line
269
Chapter Fourteen Style and Musical Interpretation
288
Chapter Fifteen Dynamics Nuances and Musical Expression
307
Appendix E Recommended Conducting and Rehearsing Videos
445
Appendix F Student Project Evaluations Conducting and Rehearsing
455
Appendix G Listening and Score Study Analysis Assignment Forms
473
Appendix H Creating the Rehearsal Process Lab Environment in the Conducting Curriculum
475
Appendix I Class Activities Discussions Demonstrations Projects and Assignments for Advanced Conductors
483
Bibliography
485
Index
491
About the Author
501
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John F. Colson is Professor Emeritus of Music at South Dakota State University. He has also been the Conductor and Music Director of the South Dakota State University-Civic Symphony Orchestra for 34 years.

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