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Wagner – Parsifal Prelude to Act 1

Wagner – Parsifal Prelude to Act 1

The very first phrase of Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal holds in itself the germs of dramatically important leitmotifs recurring throughout the whole opera: the Redemption, the Wound, and the spear motif.

Beethoven – Leonore overture n.3

Beethoven – Leonore overture n.3

Leonore 3, one of the 4 overtures Beethoven wrote for his only opera Fidelio, is a huge symphonic fresco, often programmed as a standalone concert piece

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Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony – Part 1

Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony – Part 1

A mesmerizing descend into hell: Dante’s Divine Comedy turned into a symphonic poem by the imagination of Franz Liszt

Conducting Mozart: Symphony n.40 K550 – 1st movement
Conducting Mozart: Symphony n.40 K550 – 1st movement

Although one of the most recognizable pieces of all classical western music,
Mozart’s symphony n.40 K550 remains, like most of Mozart’s music, full of traps, even though it doesn’t seem so difficult to conduct from a technical point of view.

In this article we’ll tackle the first movement of this immortal work, its structure, and phrasing, the “G minor key” aspect, and, of course, some technical tips.

Conducting Dvořák: Symphony n.9 – 1st movement
Conducting Dvořák: Symphony n.9 – 1st movement

Dvořák’s Symphony n.9 “From the New World” is mandatory learning for any conductor: here we’ll go through an analysis of its first movement, looking at structure, harmony, the “American” aspects of the music, and, of course, a few conducting tips.

Conducting Mendelssohn: The Hebrides
Conducting Mendelssohn: The Hebrides

For a conductor, Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides is a really fun piece to perform, with its changes in dynamics and its ascending/descending lines being perfect spots for registration and fluidity of gestures.

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