The Compleat Conductor
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The Compleat Conductor

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Gunther Schuller is one of America's leading contemporary composers, conductors, and musicologists. He has become increasingly dismayed about the way contemporary orchestra leaders have been ignoring the composer's intentions in playing the basic concert repertory from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. In this controversial new book, Schuller puts forth his own principles of conducting, and then analyses in detail several classical masterpieces, comparing the composers' original notation to the way conductors interpret them. Showing ways in which current orchestra and conducting standards can be radically improved, this book is an indictment of contemporary musical trends and an incisive study of the dialogue between composition and performance.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous musical examples
  • 0195126610
  • 9780195126617
  • 703,169

Review quote

[Schuller's] analyses should be read by all serious conductors, for they contain insights that the ordinary listener does not consider but that, if followed, will help truly realize a composer's work. * Booklist *show more

About Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller is one of America's leading contemporary composers, conductors, and musicologists.show more

Review Text

In world renowned conductor and composer Gunther Schuller's highly provocative critique of modern conducting, he castigates many of this century's most venerates conductors for using the podium to indulge their own interpretive idiosyncrasies, rather than devote themselves to reproducing the composer's stated intentions. 937 music examples. 35 tables.show more

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