Conducting Articles

Tempo changes in conducting

Choosing the tempo is already a big challenge for a conductor. What if you need to change the tempo, instantly or gradually? How do you do it technically?

How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

How do you address an orchestra efficiently? What should you avoid? Rehearsal time is precious: here are some tips on how to get the most out of it.

Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

From colors to solos, there is a world of opportunities that gives the conductor’s left hand a chance to create a technique that is really unique.

The baton: a conductor’s tool

How do you choose a baton? Does the baton grip matter? Which do orchestral players prefer, conductors who use it, or those who do not?

Tempo changes in conducting

Tempo changes in conducting

Choosing the tempo is already a big challenge for a conductor. What if you need to change the tempo, instantly or gradually? How do you do it technically?

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Beethoven Symphony n.7, Mov. 1 [analysis]

How does a piece of music without any description manage to raise more descriptive explanations than any other work, ranging from catacombs to political revolution? What’s the glue holding the entire symphony together? And what’s one of the biggest issues that arise when interpreting this piece?

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 2nd movement [analysis]

How did an amateur composer manage to weave one of the most magic carpets in the history of music? How did he create a narrative sound that transports us in an exhilarating journey to the fairy tale dimension of the far east?

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique [analysis] 1st movement

Certainly Berlioz’s most popular work, the Symphonie Fantastique could be defined as the first psychedelic symphony.

In this post, we’ll go through an analysis of the 1st mov. and Berlioz’s own program notes, both from 1845 and from 1855. And of course, some technical tips.

Conducting Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Notoriously, The Sorcerer’s apprentice was used in the Disney cartoon Fantasia. But the great popularity that it got from it also shadowed some of its unique characteristics, such as its structure and its orchestration.

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