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The Cambridge Companion to Conducting

The Cambridge Companion to Conducting

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Raymond Holden, Charles Barber, Michael Haas, Joseph Silverstein, Vance George, Sir Charles Mackerras, Robert L. Ripley, José Antonio Bowen, David Cairns, Michael Rose, David Mermelstein, Stephen Johnson, David Nice, Bramwell Tovey, Michelle Edwards, Bernard Sherman, Harold Faberman, Martyn Brabbins, Stephen Wright, Leon Botstein
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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527910

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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.

    • An inside look at the world of conducting from those in the business - conductors, managers, studio producers, soloists, and players
    • The practice and history of conducting are covered in one book
    • Includes a comprehensive bibliography of books about conducting in all major European languages as well as unique photographs of conductors at work
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    '… a rewarding and often revealing read …'. Classical Music

    '… this volume clearly succeeds in providing illuminating insight, practical advice and insider information that is otherwise often unavailable in academic circles. The current volume encourages conductors, and to a certain extent scholars, to seriously examine their own music philosophies and performance concepts. It offers examples of how to rethink, retool, and make responsible and informed choices about the presentation of music to a variety of listeners. Most notably, however, this collection of essays displays the fundamental impact the conducting profession has had, and continues to have, on fostering creativity and engendering social and cultural change.' Nineteenth-Century Music Review

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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527910
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 175 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 5 tables 19 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Practice:
    1. The technique of conducting Raymond Holden
    2. Conductors in rehearsal Charles Barber
    3. Studio conduction Michael Haas
    4. The conductor and the soloist Joseph Silverstein
    5. Choral conducting Vance George
    6. Opera conducting Sir Charles Mackerras
    7. The orchestra speaks Robert L. Ripley
    Part II. History:
    8. The rise of conductors José Antonio Bowen
    9. The central European tradition José Antonio Bowen and Raymond Holden
    10. The French tradition David Cairns
    11. The Italian tradition Michael Rose
    12. The American tradition José Antonio Bowen and David Mermelstein
    13. The English tradition Stephen Johnson
    14. The Russian tradition David Nice
    Part III. Issues:
    15. The conductor as Artistic Director Bramwell Tovey
    16. Women on the podium Michelle Edwards
    17. Conducting early music Bernard Sherman
    18. Training conductors Harold Faberman
    19. The composer/conductor and modern music Martyn Brabbins
    20. Managers and the business of conduction Stephen Wright
    21. The future of conducting Leon Botstein.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Conducting
    • Beginning Conducting
    • Orchestration
  • Editor

    José Antonio Bowen, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    José 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).

    Contributors

    Raymond Holden, Charles Barber, Michael Haas, Joseph Silverstein, Vance George, Sir Charles Mackerras, Robert L. Ripley, José Antonio Bowen, David Cairns, Michael Rose, David Mermelstein, Stephen Johnson, David Nice, Bramwell Tovey, Michelle Edwards, Bernard Sherman, Harold Faberman, Martyn Brabbins, Stephen Wright, Leon Botstein

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