Tag: Conducting

  • Never be witty: Schönberg on conducting

    Never be witty: Schönberg on conducting

    Schreker has a lot to do. During his absence, I am supposed to lead two rehearsals of the mixed choir, and more often the male choirs. I am still very much in doubt whether I can do this! A word from you, dear Herr Schönberg, would be extremely precious to me. In a letter of […]

  • Going paperless as a conductor: iPad + forScore

    Going paperless as a conductor: iPad + forScore

    One of the advantages of being half classical musician, half tech nerd is that I’ve actively enjoyed being forced to grapple with new technologies as a result of the pandemic. In order to keep doing some version of what we do, musicians have adapted to make use of video-conferencing, audio recording, and pretty much anything […]

  • Book Notes: The Beat Stops Here

    Book Notes: The Beat Stops Here

    It is a truism that conducting can’t be learned from a book. I don’t actually think there are any books out there that purport to be able to teach conducting in complete isolation from actual experience in front of a group of musicians. But I’ve often found books on conducting helpful in clarifying ideas, or […]