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How to Conduct an Orchestra I Great Big Story

Discussion in 'Music' started by AndrewvanZyl, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. AndrewvanZyl

    AndrewvanZyl Occasional commenter

    Published on Aug 30, 2019
    We’ve all seen a conductor standing in front of an orchestra wielding a baton. All the baton waving might look random to the untrained eye, but there is meaning in every gesture. Gustavo Dudamel, the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, shows us how he guides the musicians using his body and eye contact.

     
  2. Mussette

    Mussette New commenter

    In order to properly conduct an ensemble, your connection to them is essential. The ensemble itself is a "living and breathing" organism of its own. Two different ensembles with the same instrumentation and even similar experience levels will have a different performance of the exact same music. You can take a make copies of the music and hand it to the second ensemble and it will be different. Because the ensembles read that music differently. The conductors balance it differently. The conductor is a mentor and a teacher, a leader and a musician. There's so much going on at one time. My favorite part? When the band just performed an amazing run through, your ensemble is exhausted — you can see it in their faces — they put everything out there. And you just smile at them. They know they did well.
     

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