A History of Orchestral Conducting: In Theory and Practice

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Pendragon Press, 1988 - Music - 893 pages
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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 Sch nemann'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.
 

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Contents

PERSPECTIVES OF TIME AND TEXTURE
3
EXPRESSIVE AND STRUCTURAL
55
INSTRUMENTAL DISTRIBUTIONS
127
NINETEENTHCENTURY SOURCES
297
TECHNICAL TREATISES
345
THE RISING EMINENCE OF THE BATON
487
BEETHOVEN BERLIOZ AND WAGNER
543
BULOW RICHTER
605
CONCLUSION
767
A First Page of Messiaens Les Offrandes oubliees with
778
Prausnitz Instructions for Conducting LApresmidi dunfaune
793
E Philharmonic Society of London 1832 Season
823
NOTES original foreign texts cited
831
BIBLIOGRAPHY
847
INDEX
869
Copyright

STOKOWSKI AND KOUSSEVITZKY
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