The Cambridge Companion to Conducting

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 20, 2003 - Music - 346 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The technique of conducting
3
Conductors in rehearsal
17
Studio conducting
28
The conductor and the soloist
40
Choral conducting
45
Opera conducting
65
The orchestra speaks
79
History
91
The Russian tradition
191
Issues
203
The conductor as artistic director
205
Women on the podium
220
Conducting early music
237
Training Conductors
249
The composerconductor and modern music
262
Managers and the business of conducting
274

The rise of conducting
93
The Central European tradition
114
The French tradition
134
The Italian tradition
146
The American tradition
163
The English tradition
178
The future of conducting
286
Notes
305
Bibliography
324
Index
341
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Josť Antonio Bowen is Caestecker Chair of Music and Director of the Music Program at Georgetown University. He is also the Director of the Music Program and Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM).

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