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9-15 February 2018 Fort Wayne (US)

9-15 February 2018 in Fort Wayne with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra in association with Indiana University-Purdue University and supported by the 80/20 Foundation and Conductors Guild international conductor Workshop.   Conductor Training Workshop designed to provide ten conductors and four auditor conductors with instruction on the principles and techniques of the most celebrated conducting teacher… Continua a leggere 9-15 February 2018 Fort Wayne (US)

Orchestral conducting technique: The incorrect patterns

A correct pattern has to guarantee to each of the single beats of the bar a character of independence and neutrality; the conductor  will  then  group them together again to produce the sound he wants and  create the musical continuity.  The patterns we have been discussing, guarantee a basic neutrality due to the fact that… Continua a leggere Orchestral conducting technique: The incorrect patterns

Orchestral conducting technique : The Sforzato

  The  sforzato is based upon the principle of the held-back attack (see previous article). This means that if we want to produce a sforzato we have to give a preparatory gesture  just in front of the passage for  which we want it (from my book/DVD) Keep in mind that the earlier you make this… Continua a leggere Orchestral conducting technique : The Sforzato

Orchestral conducting technique: 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 Orchestral conducting technique: 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