Resources and Links for Conductors and Composers
A list of archives of music manuscripts, conducting scores with notes, books, and orchestra rehearsal broadcasts
The Digital Archives contain unique music manuscripts, first editions, letters and pictures from the museum’s and library’s collections of the Beethoven-Haus.
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Research in Art and Music History
Department of Musicology, Bruckner Research
Choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information
Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini
The official and biggest study center around the figure of Giacomo Puccini.
Digital Mozart Edition
A Project of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and The Packard Humanities Institute
The diary where Mozart kept notes of his works has also been digitized and made available online:
Sharing the world’s public domain music.
Gustav Mahler’s cathartic music seems to express the most extreme human emotions and reaches minds and hearts of all ages, nations and religions. Because of this, his music continues to live in the present. Mahler is a true composer of the 20th and 21st century.
With Mahler’s radical thinking and his profound love of nature, we look to the young, to the future, to take these transformative impulses even further.
Music Manuscripts Online
The goal of the Music Manuscripts Online project has been to create and to provide online access to high-quality images and descriptions of music manuscripts owned by The Morgan Library & Museum.
Works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, and Schumann, among many others, can be viewed on these pages.
The aim of the site is the direct exchange and flow of information between musicians and SRG broadcasters (SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI), organizers, festivals and music conservatories and accademies, researchers as well as other disciplines and all those interested in contemporary music in Switzerland and abroad.
New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives was launched in February 2011, and currently comprises more than four million pages, including printed programs, marked conducting scores, business documents, and photographs.
Growing continually, the scope of the online collection is every document in the New York Philharmonic Archives from 1842 through 1970. This includes correspondence, marked scores, and parts, contracts, and minutes from meetings of the Board of Directors — as well as all public documents from 1970 through today (e.g., marketing materials, press releases, and annual reports).
Ricordi Digital Archives
“From its founding in 1808 until the early 20th century, Ricordi influence and reputation were closely tied to the dynamic personalities of the four men who succeeded, from father to son, at its helm: Giovanni (1785-1853), Tito I (1811-1888), Giulio (1840-1912), and Tito II (1865-1933). This profound dynastic imprint, which ensured the successful stewardship of consolidated business practices, is reflected in the careful preservation of company documents, perceived as a veritable legacy of the family itself. […] This monumental patrimony has now been made available for consultation by scholars and music enthusiasts the world over.”
The Orchestra: A User's Manual
The aim of The Orchestra: A User’s Manual is to provide information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments, for the benefit of anybody with an interest in the subject. By Professor Andrew Hugill.
This portal is entirely about Giuseppe Verdi.
The UCSB Library
The UCSB Library invites you to discover and listen to its online archive of cylinder recordings; donate to help the collection grow; and learn about how these sounds and songs create an audio history of American culture.
Free conducting community
Pass the baton – The art of conducting technique
The Past Daily has a number of NBC Broadcast recordings, notably of Charles Munch in rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Charles Munch rehearses Berlioz
Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony rehearse Berlioz’s Requiem
April 21, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Bruckner
Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony rehearse Bruckner’s Symphony n.7
March 10, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Debussy and Franck
Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony rehearse Nuages and Fetes from Nocturnes by Debussy and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor
April 29, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Prokofiev
Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony rehearse Prokofiev’s Symphony n.6
June 16, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Schumann
Charles Munch And The Boston Symphony rehearse Schumann’s Symphony n.1
Dec. 23, 1950
Charles Munch premieres Honegger
Charles Munch and The French National Orchestra premiere Honegger’s Symphony Number 5
March 9, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Bloch
Charles Munch and The Boston Symphony, with Ruth Posselt at the violin, rehearse Ernst Bloch‘s Baal Shem
March 21, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Roussel and Debussy
Charles Munch and The Boston Symphony rehearse Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariadne and Debussy’s La Mer
October 28t, 1951
Charles Munch rehearses Ravel
Charles Munch and The Boston Symphony rehearse Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole
January 6, 1951
A FREE 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!
The Art of Conducting Technique: a New Perspective by Harold Farberman focuses on devising a conducting technique to convey knowledge of the score to the orchestra. Starting with the basics of “body technique” and baton technique, Farberman provides a detailed analysis of conducting, including the three-dimensional system for charting baton movement called The Pattern Cube.
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.
Looking some new music? Here’s a few composers that you may find interesting.
American conductor and composer Efraín Amaya was born in Venezuela, where he began his musical training. Continuing his studies in the United States, he earned two Bachelor’s of music degrees in composition and piano from Indiana University, and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Rice University.
Michael Djupstrom’s work captured first prizes in the international composition competitions of the UK’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, and has received awards from prominent institutions including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, New Music USA, S&R Foundation etc.
You’re on my website after all, right? 😉
Take a look at my full catalogue and at the project’s section.
Pianist, composer, and author R.A. (Rod) Moulds (b. 1958) is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, but studied musicology and composition at the University of Southern Mississippi with the composer William Presser. Moulds has written over ninety compositions and arrangements for diverse forces, including solo, chamber, symphonic works, songs, choral compositions, and opera. His Der Singende Wald, a memorial piece for gay victims of the Holocaust for string orchestra, was premiered by the Lavenham Sinfonia in July 2010. Two of Moulds’s compositions for orchestra have been recorded for commercial release by ERM Media, and many of his pieces have been played throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Italian composer Carlo Pedini has a full catalogue published by Casa Musicale Sonzogno representing almost 30 years of composition, including more than 20 works for orchestra, 8 operas/ballets, works for chorus and organ or instruments and chamber music works in addition to 8 recordings.
Jose’s music is performed frequently by Internationally acclaimed performers such as cellists Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Prieto, Benedict Klöckner; guitarists Eliot Fisk and Francesco Diodovich; violinists James Buswell and Yury Revich, as well as flutists Sefika Kutluer, Evangelina Reyes López and Orlando Cela.
His music is freely available to download on his website.