9780226622552-022662255X-The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters

The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters

ISBN-13: 9780226622552
ISBN-10: 022662255X
Edition: First
Author: Wigglesworth, Mark
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover 264 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780226622552
ISBN-10: 022662255X
Edition: First
Author: Wigglesworth, Mark
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover 264 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Wigglesworth, Mark wrote The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters comprising 264 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 022662255X and 9780226622552. Since then The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.13 or rent at the marketplace.

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The conductor—tuxedoed, imposingly poised above an orchestra, baton waving dramatically—is a familiar figure even for those who never set foot in an orchestral hall. As a veritable icon for classical music, the conductor has also been subjected to some ungenerous caricatures, presented variously as unhinged gesticulator, indulged megalomaniac, or even outright impostor. Consider, for example: Bugs Bunny as Leopold Stokowski, dramatically smashing his baton and then breaking into erratic poses with a forbidding intensity in his eyes, or Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, unwittingly conjuring dangerous magic with carefree gestures he doesn’t understand. As these clichés betray, there is an aura of mystery around what a conductor actually does, often coupled with disbelief that he or she really makes a difference to the performance we hear.

The Silent Musician deepens our understanding of what conductors do and why they matter. Neither an instruction manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting, the book instead explores the role of the conductor in noiselessly shaping the music that we hear. Writing in a clever, insightful, and often evocative style, world-renowned conductor Mark Wigglesworth deftly explores the philosophical underpinnings of conducting—from the conductor’s relationship with musicians and the music, to the public and personal responsibilities conductors face—and examines the subtler components of their silent art, which include precision, charisma, diplomacy, and passion. Ultimately, Wigglesworth shows how conductors—by simultaneously keeping time and allowing time to expand—manage to shape ensemble music into an immersive, transformative experience, without ever making a sound.

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