The Cambridge Companion to Conducting

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November 2003



Written by many working conductors, this book considers all facets of musical conducting. It includes practical advice on how to conduct different groups (choral, opera, symphony, early music) and a history of conducting presented as a study of national traditions. Designed for the lay reader who wants an inside look at the world of conducting as well as for potential students, it is a revealing study about a secretive industry. Managers, artistic directors, soloists, players and conductors openly discuss their different perspectives in this comprehensive work.


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 Jose Antonio Bowen; 9. The central European tradition Jose Antonio Bowen and Raymond Holden; 10. The French tradition David Cairns; 11. The Italian tradition Michael Rose; 12. The American tradition Jose 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.


Jose 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 (C.H.A.R.M.).


'... 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
EAN: 9780521821087
ISBN: 0521821088
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Companions to Music'. 25 b/w illus. 5 tables 19 music examples. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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