Workshop in Palermo (Sicily) July 2017

NEXT WORKSHOP IN  PALERMO (SICILY) 17-21 JULY 2017!  INTENSIVE WEEK WITH PIANO DUO  IN VILLA DEL PIGNO – ISTITUTO DEI CIECHI FLORIO E SALAMONE. Masterclass 17-21 July 1 position available. We are preparing a supplementary course the following week 24-28 July. Last 2 positions still available Repertoire Haydn sinfonie 88, 104. Mozart sinfonie 35,39,40,41 ,… Continua a leggere Workshop in Palermo (Sicily) July 2017

Exact position of the arm in front of the orchestra

An exact basic position is essential if we want to develop  correct gestures. The freedom, naturalness and character of our arm  movements, grow from this basic position. The most natural and spontaneous position of  them all is with the arm  parallel  to the floor, forming an angle of about 100°,  between the arm and the… Continua a leggere Exact position of the arm in front of the orchestra

Different ways of understanding the phrasing.

In the second movement of the first symphony of Beethoven the phrasing can be understood in different ways. Obviously each type of phrasing is realised technically in a different way. By looking and listening very carefully to the video, we can see the differences and see how the gesture changes according to the phrasing that is being suggested.… Continua a leggere Different ways of understanding the phrasing.

Beethoven: How do you conduct the start of the Fifth Symphony?

What definitely disturbs the sleep of many conductors, young and old, is undoubtedly the notorious start of the fifth symphony of Beethoven. Here we have seen, we see and we will see, all sorts of things. It would be interesting to do a medley of videos with the most convoluted solutions. Ilya Musin recounted of… Continua a leggere Beethoven: How do you conduct the start of the Fifth Symphony?

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