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What Does a Music Conductor Do, Actually? Then, Watch Stravinsky and Bernstein Conduct.

September 5, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

“When we imagine a symphony orchestra, even those of us otherwise unfamiliar with classical music imagine a conductor standing up front. We know the conductor leads the orchestra, but how exactly does he/she do it?

“What the public needs to understand about conducting is that it’s an anticipatory art,” says conductor James Gaffigan in the short Vox explainer video above.'”What we do takes place before the music happens,” all of it meant ‘”to do justice to the composer.”

He then breaks down the function of the main tools available to the conductor to do that: the right hand, which holds the baton, and the left hand, which ‘”has a much more complicated, strange role in our physical world.”‘ Open Culture.

Stravinsky Conducts Firebird

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky – Le Sacre du printemps – The Rite of Spring – Rehearsal *


*The Bernstein video is long, but you need only watch to 11:55 / 56:14 to get the full effect.

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