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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.

Score analysis

Conducting Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

Conducting Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

The Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a dead princess) is one of Ravel’s most popular pieces and one that sooner or later comes to the attention of any conductor: it’s relatively simple, with a very linear structure, and it’s scored for a chamber orchestra. The real challenge is hidden in the orchestration and all the nuances that need to emerge by reading through the lines.

Conducting Pills

A video series with an analysis of structure, phrasing, and, of course, conducting tips of repertoire works: from Mozart to Brahms, from Beethoven to Debussy. A new episode every week!

Pass the baton

10 chapters, 11 videos, practical exercises, and examples with scores: this video course produced for iClassical-Academy will show you, through a bar-by-bar analysis of excerpts ranging from Mozart to Mahler and Copland, how to build your own technique in the most logical and effective way.

Gianmaria Griglio is an intelligent, exceptional musician. There is no question about his conducting abilities: he has exceptionally clear baton technique that allows him to articulate whatever decisions he has made about the music.

Harold Farberman

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