Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium

Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium

by Joseph Church

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ISBN-13: 9780199993413
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 860,704
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JOSEPH CHURCH is best known for his work as music director and supervisor of two groundbreaking Broadway musicals, The Who's Tommy and The Lion King. He has worked on countless other productions as music director, conductor, keyboardist, and/or arranger, on and Off-Broadway, nationwide, and worldwide, among them, In The Heights, Sister Act, Les Miserables, Little Shop Of Horrors, Randy Newman's Faust, and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Also an active composer, he has written for film, television, the concert stage, and over thirty plays and musicals.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The View From The Podium
Part I: The Music Director: A Job Description
Chapter 1: Music Direction Yesterday And Today
Chapter 2: Musical Stage Production
Chapter 3: Job Opportunities For Music Directors
Part II: Personnel
Chapter 4: The Production Team
Chapter 5: The Creative Team
Chapter 6: The Music Team
Chapter 7: The Performers
Part III: Preproduction
Chapter 8: Mounting A Production
Chapter 9: The Music: Assessment And Analysis
Chapter 10: Arranging For Music Directors
Part IV: Rehearsals 1: Singers And The Stage
Chapter 11: Overview Of Rehearsal Process
Chapter 12: Individual Vocal Rehearsals
Chapter 13: Ensemble Vocal Rehearsals
Chapter 14: Rehearsals With Directors And Choreographers
Chapter 15: Adapting Music To The Production
Part V: Rehearsals 2: Musicians, Technicians, And The Venue
Chapter 16: Orchestras And Orchestrations
Chapter 17: Instrumental Conducting For The Stage
Chapter 18: From The Studio To The Stage
Part VI: Performance
Chapter 19: Conducting In Performance
Chapter 20: Maintaining A Production And Preserving A Show
Chapter 21: Working As A Music Director
Appendix A: Putting It Together
Appendix B: Bibliography, Suggested Reading, And List Of Musical
Works Cited

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Music Direction for the Stage: A View from the Podium 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BrooklynBoyHA More than 1 year ago
MDFTS, as it will inevitably be known when it reaches its well-deserved classic status, is a thorough, detailed, honest, encyclopedically well-informed, delightfully opinionated and addictively readable guide to a not-well-understood profession. Church discusses every imaginable aspect of the job thoughtfully and in depth, making the book pleasurable and informative reading for anyone interested in musical theatre and how it works. Whether read straight through or dipped into a chapter at a time, there are rewards here for theatre fans and professionals alike, those aspiring to a career as a Broadway music director, and those of us who’ve been doing it for decades and still trying to get it right. It fills a longstanding gap in the literature of musical theatre, and will foreseeably form the strong backbone of many a curriculum in MT conducting for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo!! Finally, a comprehensive work that covers, in great depth and detail, EVERY aspect of the music director's roll from concept to production. Not to mention it is written by one of the preeminent music directors of our time, Joseph Church. Joseph's meticulous attention to detail and demand for excellence make this book a must have resource, not just for aspiring and professional music directors, but for any composer, orchestrator, arranger or conductor. The well organized chapters make for easy reference as well. This text will never be less than arm's length from my piano.