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Music As Alchemy Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras

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ISBN-10: 0571240488

ISBN-13: 9780571240487

Edition: 2013

Authors: Tom Service

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How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries, from Toscanini to Karajan, from Carlos Kleiber to Gustavo Dudamel. Orchestras can be inspired to the heights of musical and expressive possibility by their maestros, or flabbergasted that someone who doesn't even make a sound should be elevated to demigod-like status by the public.This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world. It's the first to see how Simon Rattle works…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Limited
Publication date: 9/4/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.04" wide x 7.80" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Tom Service writes about music for the Guardian, where he was Chief Classical Music Critic, and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He has presented Radio 3's flagship magazine programme, Music Matters, since 2003. He was the inaugural recipient of the ICMP/CIEM Classical Music Critic of the Year Award, and was Guest Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. After years practising in the mirror, he once conducted Bruckner's Ninth Symphony.