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Inside Conducting (Anglais) Relié – 5 juin 2013

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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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What does a conductor actually do? How much effect does he or she have? Can the orchestra manage without one? Why don't the 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?BR> These are some of the questions that receive lively and informative answers in this book by renowned conductor Christopher Seaman. Composed of short articles on individual topics, it is accessible and easy to consult. Each article begins with an anecdote or saying and ends with quotations from musicians, often expressing opposing views. 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.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 flawed but entertaining 14 août 2014
Par Simon Trezise - Publié sur
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This is enjoyable and sometimes illuminating. Seaman covers a great variety of activities associated with conducting, often of a sort not suspected by a public more used to seeing conductors on the podium. He covers hidden activities, such as marking parts, promotion, dealing with difficult players, and much more. It's easy to read and the book can be devoured in a short time.

However, some of it is a bit obvious and repetitive. It's fairly obvious that a conductor is going to need a good ear, for example, and we do hear about it quite a lot. Some of the anecdotes are just slightly amusing, and anyone who hangs out with orchestral players (as I have the good fortune to do) will have heard many better ones. Some of them probably need to taken with copious amounts of salt as well.

Factually there are some serious disappointments. It's worrying that somebody who has conducted both Handel and Mozart should believe that the music of the Baroque and Calssical periods has to be taken at a strict, regular tempo (almost metronomically). This is a 20th century myth unsupported by 18th century sources. To suggest that Elgar sped up his music to accommodate it on 78 rpm sides shows little knowledge of recording in the shellac period. What we do know about it is that somebody, the conductor or an assistant, timed the piece whenever possible in concert and marked up the side turns in accordance with the conductor's live performances. This is why Elgar's recordings, like so many others, are such a valuable source for the study of period performance.

That important details like this have not been researched or even seriously considered worries me in a book that is supposed to be regaling us with expert advice.

However, read in conjunction with other books of its type its coverage is impressive, albeit in tiny, bite-sized chapters, and the writing is engaging and conversational.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, even for non-musicians 9 janvier 2014
Par Finger Lakes John - Publié sur
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When we attended concerts of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Seaman's home in recent years, we always made it a point to go to his pre-concert chats because they were so informative, charming, and witty. His book reflects that same personality. If you ever wanted to know what a conductor actually does both on and off stage, this book will reveal all. I'm not a musician, don't read music, and so the occasional musical references as reflected in excerpts of scores were lost on me, but nevertheless I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves classical music. Extremely entertaining and informative read.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a very entertaining read 1 février 2015
Par Derek C. Ashmore - Publié sur
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Having studied classical music myself and having once dreamed of becoming a conductor, I enjoyed this book immensily. I thuroughly enjoyed the peeks inside a conductors activities. I also enjoyed the series of quotes at the end of each chapter pertaining to that particular chapter topic. I think the organization of the material worked well.

This book is *not* a textbook. I gather from a couple of the negative reviews that they were expecting more intellectual rigor. While I do think that some of the insights were educational, this book isn't likely to be assigned in conducting classes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 13 août 2013
Par A. Landers - Publié sur
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My friend is a conductor of a symphony and I wanted to understand his role better, but was afraid of asking a stupid question. So I bought this book and it is incredibly good at describing all of the parts that go into being a good conductor. Very easy and fast read. I am familiar with the music terms, but someone who is not could get context clues or google them while reading the book. The writer is a strong musician, but I think he was blessed with writing skills, as well. Recommended for jr high up.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Maestro at his best. 11 décembre 2013
Par Elisabeth - Publié sur
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Having seen and heard Maestro Seaman at work for many years with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and having sung under his baton, I found this book absolutely delightful, funny and a real snapshot of his understanding of how an orchestra works with a conductor. I shall always remember his dry sense of humor - but in the same time, getting a message across to his players as well as the singers. A "must read" book for every conductor's shelf!
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