Psychological Problems in Conducting

The important secrets of music all exist in the experiential hemisphere of our brain, but this part of the brain is mute, it cannot write or speak. How can the conductor then learn these secrets and how can he communicate them to the orchestra?
 
For the conductor who aspires to be more than a routine time-beater, perhaps this book is the place to begin.

Product Description

This con­duct­ing book is about the mind, not the baton.
 
There is a great deal of mis­un­der­stand­ing about the role of the con­duc­tor. As a stu­dent he is often giv­en to under­stand that all the answers are found on the score page and if he just stud­ies that page enough he will under­stand the music. But the fact is there is no music in the score, only sym­bols of the gram­mar of music.  This is the real mean­ing of Mahler’s famous state­ment, “What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.” What the con­duc­tor real­ly con­tributes is to bring to the rehearsal every­thing which is not in the score. But is this taught in music schools?
 
Sim­i­lar­ly, the stu­dent is giv­en to under­stand that great impor­tance lies in his abil­i­ty to give clear, pre­cise beats with the baton. But every musi­cian, even young school musi­cians, can count to four. Any empha­sis on this mechan­i­cal process will pro­duce an inverse rela­tion­ship to the impor­tant things in music. In fact, almost all fine con­duc­tors, vio­lin­ists, pianists, and singers pret­ty much ignore the arith­metic and instead fol­low Beethoven’s def­i­n­i­tion that it is feel­ing which deter­mines tem­po. But is this taught in music schools?
 
The impor­tant secrets of music all exist in the expe­ri­en­tial hemi­sphere of our brain, but this part of the brain is mute, it can­not write or speak. How can the con­duc­tor then learn these secrets and how can he com­mu­ni­cate them to the orchestra?
 
For the con­duc­tor who aspires to be more than a rou­tine time-beat­er, per­haps this book is the place to begin.

Additional Information

Format

Writer