Essentials in Conducting

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Oliver Ditson Company, 1919 - Conducting - 184 pages
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Page 66 - Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.
Page 10 - Wit laughs at things ; Humor laughs with them. Wit lashes external appearances, or cunningly exaggerates single foibles into character; Humor glides into the heart of its object, looks lovingly on the infirmities it detects, and represents the whole man. Wit is abrupt, darting, scornful and tosses its analogies in your face; Humor is slow and shy, insinuating its fun into your heart.
Page 37 - As a messenger is accountable to both sender and recipient of his message, so is the interpretative artist in a position of twofold trust and, therefore, of twofold responsibility. The sender of his message — creative genius — is behind him; before him sits an expectant and confiding audience, the sovereign addressee. The interpretative artist has, therefore, first to enter into the spirit of his message; to penetrate its ultimate meaning; to read in, as well as between, the lines. And then he...
Page 10 - Humor originally meant moisture, a signification it metaphorically retains, for it is the very juice of the mind, oozing from the brain, and enriching and fertilizing wherever it falls.
Page 97 - Percussion 16 first violins 16 second violins 12 violas 10 cellos 8 double basses harp 3 flutes, 1 piccolo 3 oboes, 1 English horn 3 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet 3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon 4...
Page 69 - So, when our life is clouded o'er . And storm-winds drift us from the shore, Say, lest we sink to rise no more,
Page 57 - ... tempo changes, it is the conductor or performer who must bear the greater responsibility, and that the amount of dynamic contrast to be employed certainly depends entirely upon the taste of the conductor or performer. It is safe to say that the dynamic factor is easier to control than is the tempo, and yet in spite of this fact, there is no question but that the rendition of most choral and orchestral music could be made much more interesting if it could be given with a greater variety of dynamic...
Page 8 - ... been amply able to pass muster from a musical standpoint, has failed as a conductor because he lacked these other traits. It is not my purpose to give at this point an exhaustive list of qualities that must form the personal equipment of the conductor. In general it will be sufficient to state that he must possess in a fair degree those personal traits that are advantageous in any profession. But of these desirable qualities three or four seem to be so indispensable that it has been thought best...
Page 68 - The most common mistakes made are: 1. Taking breath unnecessarily in the middle of a phrase. 2. Breathing between the syllables of a word. 3. Dividing a long phrase improperly. 4. Running over breathing places where a pause is really necessary in order to bring out the meaning of the text. 5. Pronouncing the unaccented syllable of a word at the end of a phrase with too much stress. 6. Failing to stress the climax sufficiently. Mistakes of this kind are made because the singer all too frequently fails...
Page 127 - ... friend instead of as an arch enemy, as formerly. These desirable changes have not taken place in all schools by any means, but the results of their introduction have been so significant that a constantly increasing number of schools are adopting them; and public school education is to mean infinitely more in the future than it has in the past because we are seeing the necessity of looking at things through the eyes of the pupil, and especially from the standpoint of his life outside of and after...

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