Maestro: Conductor or Metro-Gnome?: Reflections from the Rostrum

Maestro: Conductor or Metro-Gnome?: Reflections from the Rostrum

by Myer Fredman

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Maestro: Conductor or Metro-Gnome?: Reflections from the Rostrum by Myer Fredman

This book explains what is actually involved in being a conductor and unravels some of the mystique that surrounds this intensely public profession. The author, who has worked with orchestras and opera companies all over the world, writes about all aspects of the art and craft, and discusses how a career can progress and is the result of the observation of many conductors in action. Maestro-Conductor or Metro-Gnome examines the musicianship requirements and physical gestures that have to be subconsciously embedded during formal training. The book also covers the differing needs of a permanent or a guest contract, the pitfalls of building a program, and relationships-be they with the orchestra's leader, soloists, composers, the audience or the critics. Additionally, the book observes how conducting for opera and dance is distinct from concert conducting, as well as the process of preparing opera for performance and how conductors came into being and how they evolved into the powerful figures they are today. The Index and Glossary of Terms provides easy to understand explanations of tempo indications, the numerous dance styles, symphonic poems, etc. Written in non-technical language, this book is essential reading for all music lovers as well as professional aspiring maestri.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845191245
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Myer Fredman studied at Dartington Hall and in London with Peter Gellhorn, Vilem Tausky, Sir Adrian Boult, and was Assistant conductor to Otto Klemperer, Sir John Pritchard and Sir Charles Mackerras. Among his many international musical engagements he was: Conductor at the Glyndebourne Festival, 1963–74; Initial Musical Director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera, 1968–74; Musical Director, State Opera of South Australia, 1974–80; Conductor and Artistic Associate with The Australian Opera, 1983–98. The Italian Government awarded Maestro Fredman a medal “Per Servizio della Musica e Cultura Italiana”. He has conducted premiere recordings of symphonies by Arnold Bax and Havergal Brian with the LPO as well as CDs of music by Britten and Delius.

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