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    What Does A Conductor Do?

    An interesting article from New York Magazine

    http://nymag.com/arts/classicaldance...uctors-2012-1/
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    Fascinating indeed. Well worth reading.
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    Wonderful reading this article, and to learn what really happens on the podium.

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    That is a very interesting article, it really does give one an insight into the work of a conductor.

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    A good article GB, 95% 0f the work is done at rehearsals.
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    Hi GB,

    WOW, Excellent article!!!

    It got me thinking.............

    A "good" conductor is hard to find these days - I have witnessed in my lifetime so many who are "dragged along" by the orchestra - The orchestra being so much better in musicianship than the conductor.
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    The part that I thought was very appropriate was:
    “I ask Jerry Grossman, principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, how he responds to a conductor with murky body language.
    He replied “It’s amazing how beautifully we play when we don’t know what the hell the guy on the podium is doing,” this says a lot
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    The Conductors Revenge

    Congratulations to a conductor with some guts and consideration for the audience.

    http://www.soundsandfury.com/soundsa...-new-hero.html

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...ded/?ref=music
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    When I visited a restaurant as part of a mayoral election campaign, I was told by a waitress that the cherubic gentleman sitting by himself was a conductor who just moved to Pelham. I went over and sat with him, talking, and after I said I was a professional musician playing a guitar I built, he really got going. I thought his conversation was exhilerating, until he started singing flute parts in a beautiful flute imitation voice. I started singing bass lines and we went nuts. He liked my contrapuntal style that I call funky.

    I know how conductors conduct. The conductor for The Ottawa Symphony used to conduct my girlfriend around as an escort for formal events. She met Prime Ministers and got better food than I ever did. He was a Master Conductor, yeah, for sure!

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    In Chicago a number of restaurants confiscate(d) cellphones at the door. I approve. I say (d) because I was last there in 2004. The cell phone is a disease that can only be stopped by treating rude cell phone users rudely.

    However, it is not only cell phone users who are rude. At concerts people talk as if they were in front of their TV and no one else was listening to the music. The worst was a man who was snoring in the next seat to my wife at the Chicago Symphony. ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

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    Hopefully not goofing off and embarrassing the Orchestra...

    Boom-tishhh.............
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Keeping up with the direction that we seem to be heading I thought it would be of immense interest to everyone to let you in on a secrete ::
    I was once a very good friend of a Bus conductor she used to hum a very complicated rendering of the 1812 unfortunately she was promoted to inspector and our paths never crossed again. Very sad
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    There's a bus driver in Hamilton who is famous for his singing. The last cabbie I caught there was a former jazz and blues recording artist. He knew how to get a big tip from me, after a long ride singing together. I like my trumpet imitation, but when it comes to vocal jamming, I get off singing bass.

    Oomp pa-da-pa, oomp pa-da-pa, ba-da ba-da, bop-da-bodda top-ta-bottom whoof!
    All the while pulling out the stops, kinda.

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    one of my favourites is

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    Hi,

    To me, conducting is the highest point you can reach in mastering music. A conductor has to handle all the elements that make the music : melody, harmony, orchestration, rhythm, Theory, analysis instrument techniques. He is the real interpreter of the music he conducts and should have a good understanding of musicians psychology. isn't it ?

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