The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor

The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor

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In The Score, The Orchestra, and the Conductor, internationally-renowned conducting instructor Gustav Meier presents his practical approach to preparing an orchestral score for rehearsal and performance. Well-illustrated with numerous music examples, charts, figures, and tables, Meier's methods, grounded in the rich body of his collected experience as a music director and teacher of conducting students, are explained in great detail. Meier covers all aspects of conducting from experimenting without the orchestra to creating signals that produce the desired sound. The methods he describes offer specific and readily applicable advice for virtually every musical and technical decision that occurs in the important phase between when a conductor first decides upon a specific score and the first rehearsal with an orchestra. And from ear training to working with musicians to programming, he also offers his expertise on the day-to-day aspects of conducting and musical performance. The Score, The Orchestra, and the Conductor will be an indispensable and often-read contribution to the library of every music director and conducting more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 180.34 x 254 x 30.48mm | 1,020.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 800 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195326350
  • 9780195326352

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An important addition to the conducting reference library. * Music Educators Journal * With its myriad examples from the standard repertoire both symphonic and operatic, Gustav Meier's book is an indispensable tool for conductors aspiring and professional alike on all aspects of this mysterious craft. * Anthonio Pappano, Music Director, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Music Director, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia The lessons within the pages of The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor are highly useful...A welcome addition to our library. * Many times I've been able to get Gustie on the phone whenever I've found myself stuck and couldn't figure out how to conduct my way through a thorny passage. Now that I have his book, I'll still give him a try on the phone, but if I can't reach him, I'll know here I can get the answers I'm looking for. Thank you Gustie for sharing your vast knowledge of the the art of conducting with the world. * Your student, Bobby McFerrin. * As a student of Gustav Meier, I was enormously inspired and impressed by his knowledge and unwavering commitment to the music. Reading this book, I am once again equally inspired and impressed. Gustav Meier is brilliant and clearly one of the leading conducting teachers in the world; his book is chock-full of invaluable information. * Marin Alsop, Music Director Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music Director, Cabrillo Music Festival *show more

About Gustav Meier

Gustav Meier is Music Director of the Greater Lansing and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He makes regular appearances as guest conductor in Europe, South and Central America, China, Canada, and throughout the United more

Table of contents

. 1. Introduction ; 2. The Beat ; 3. Reading the Score ; 4. Preparation of the Score for Conducting ; 5. Seating Arrangements: Symbols for a Cuing System ; 6. Sorting the Orchestration ; 7. The Zig-Zig Way ; 8. Special Techniques ; 9. Additional Concerns ; Appendices: ; A) INSTRUMENTAL CHART ; B) NOTATION OF INSTRUMENTS ; C) HARMONICS ; D) HARMONIC CHARTS ; E) CROSS RHYTHM CHARTSshow more

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