Do you also make this error when you conduct a rallentando?

Many of you will surely have found yourselves in the situation of having to conduct a rallentando or allargando. Most probably at first, you will have tried to hold back the orchestra by suddenly conducting the beats more slowly in a big and flashy way, and separated from each other; even in some cases by… Continua a leggere Do you also make this error when you conduct a rallentando?

The importance of showing a clear downbeat

This video, together with the previous, confirms the pitfalls that lurk using the pattern of two in quick time. The pattern of two is characterized by the presence in a measure of two impulses, strong and weak (thesis / arsis), this sequence must be clearly  visible by the players. The attack  is a signal  to… Continua a leggere The importance of showing a clear downbeat

Control on the rebounce of the hand

The absence of control on the rebounce of hand -and arm-  after the beat is one of the most frequent defects and difficult to eradicate. My students very well know this problem. The pattern of two in animated tempos is undoubtedly the most difficult, and the rebounce after second impulse potentially can create more problems.… Continua a leggere Control on the rebounce of the hand

How (and when) to realise the split or stressed attack?

    Ennio Nicotra  28/09/2016 In the technique of the orchestra conducting there are dozens of basic gestures which can be applied in corresponding contexts.The codification of these gestures by Ilya Musin is of great help to resolve certain moments. Solutions that aren’t banalities or arid technicalities , but always stand out for being able… Continua a leggere How (and when) to realise the split or stressed attack?

Every technical issue has its gestural solution. Two examples.

  By Ennio Nicotra 14/10/2016   Ilya Musin firmly argued that any technical issue had its gestural solution. In front of steps which for us students constituted real brain teasers the solutions that he found left us always speechless. The symphonic repertoire, as students well know, is strewn with cryptic passages, from the second movement… Continua a leggere Every technical issue has its gestural solution. Two examples.

Orchestral conducting technique: a pattern is correct if…

By Ennio Nicotra 17/10/2016 A pattern is correct if the beats inside it are all of the same and neutral character. We often encounter patterns that connect vertical gestures to lateral diagonal gestures, to the left and to the right,  and even others, that provide in the final part (for example, the pattern of 9),… Continua a leggere Orchestral conducting technique: a pattern is correct if…

Orchestral conducting technique: subsequent attacks

What do we usually mean with the term attacks? The attack is a signal that indicates the start of any action. We could, for example, consider the gunshot that characterises the start of a race as an attack: all competitors acknowledge an impulse that they must start at the same time; even the green at… Continua a leggere Orchestral conducting technique: subsequent attacks