Inside Conducting is Christopher Seaman’s humorous and witty take on the art of his profession.
What does a conductor actually do? How much effect does he or she have? Can the orchestra manage without one? Why don’t players look at the conductor more? Is it necessary for the conductor to play every instrument? What about interpretation? What happens at rehearsals Why do some conductors “thrash around’ more than others? Who’s the boss in a concerto: the soloist or the conductor?
These are some of the questions that receive lively and informative answers in this book.
There are many books on the art of conducting, but none like this. Music lovers wondering what the figure on the podium actually does, and aspiring conductors eager to learn more about the art and craft of leading an orchestra, will all treasure this wise yet humorous book.
“This book is simply typical Christopher, something I would consider one of the highest compliments. Typical of Christopher to combine so much wisdom with so much wit. Required reading, I think, and one of the friendliest books about music ever penned.”
SIR SIMON RATTLE, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
“With humor, clarity and wisdom, Christopher Seaman gives insight into the mind of a conductor. A feast of inside scoops for music lovers.”
YO-YO MA, cellist and Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project
“To hear the human truths from an experienced music director, enriched by examples from his life, is marvelously illuminating. I learned many little things and some big ones.”
NORMAN LEBRECHT, author and critic
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