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Essentials in Conducting   By: (1882-1975)

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ESSENTIALS

IN

CONDUCTING

BY

KARL WILSON GEHRKENS, A.M.

PROFESSOR OF SCHOOL MUSIC OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AUTHOR OF "MUSIC NOTATION AND TERMINOLOGY"

$1.75

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BOSTON OLIVER DITSON COMPANY

NEW YORK CHAS. H. DITSON & CO.

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LONDON WINTHROP ROGERS, Ltd.

MADE IN U.S.A.

Copyright MCMXIX By OLIVER DITSON COMPANY International Copyright Secured

To the Memory of

ROBERT C. BEDFORD

for many years

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

of

TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE

CONTENTS

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CHAPTER I Introduction 1

CHAPTER II Personal Traits Necessary in Conducting 8

CHAPTER III The Technique of the Baton 20

CHAPTER IV Interpretation in Conducting Introductory 36

CHAPTER V Interpretation in Conducting Tempo 46

CHAPTER VI Interpretation in Conducting Dynamics 57

CHAPTER VII Interpretation in Conducting Timbre, Phrasing, etc. 64

CHAPTER VIII The Supervisor of Music as Conductor 76

CHAPTER IX The Community Chorus Conductor 85

CHAPTER X The Orchestral Conductor 93

CHAPTER XI Directing the Church Choir 108

CHAPTER XII The Boy Choir and its Problems 118

CHAPTER XIII The Conductor as Voice Trainer 131

CHAPTER XIV The Art of Program Making 140

CHAPTER XV Conductor and Accompanist 147

CHAPTER XVI Efficiency in the Rehearsal 152

APPENDIX A Reference List 164

APPENDIX B Score of second movement of Haydn's Symphony, No. 3 166

INDEX 181

PREFACE

In putting out this little book, the author is well aware of the fact that many musicians feel that conductors, like poets and teachers, are "born and not made"; but his experience in training supervisors of music has led him to feel that, although only the elementary phases of conducting can be taught, such instruction is nevertheless quite worth while, and is often surprisingly effective in its results. He has also come to believe that even the musical genius may profit by the experience of others and may thus be enabled to do effective work as a conductor more quickly than if he relied wholly upon his native ability.

The book is of course planned especially with the amateur in view, and the author, in writing it, has had in mind his own fruitless search for information upon the subject of conducting when he was just beginning his career as a teacher; and he has tried to say to the amateur of today those things that he himself so sorely needed to know at that time, and had to find out by blundering experience.

It should perhaps be stated that although the writer has himself had considerable experience in conducting, the material here presented is rather the result of observing and analyzing the work of others than an account of his own methods. In preparation for his task, the author has observed many of the better known conductors in this country, both in rehearsal and in public performance, during a period of some twelve years, and the book represents an attempt to put into simple language and practical form the ideas gathered from this observation. It is hoped that as a result of reading these pages the amateur may not only have become more fully informed concerning those practical phases of conducting about which he has probably been seeking light, but may be inspired to further reading and additional music study in preparation for the larger aspects of the work... Continue reading book >>




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