[Audiobooks] Inside Conducting (0) Author Christopher Seaman – Andy-palmer.co.uk


Inside Conducting (0) What does a conductor actually do How much effect does he or she have Can the orchestra manage without one Why don t the players look at the conductor Is it necessary for the conductor to play every instrument What about interpretation What happens at rehearsals Why do some conductors thrash around than others Who s the boss in a concerto the soloist or the conductor These are some of the questions that receive lively and informative answers in this book by renowned conductor Christopher Seaman Composed of short articles on individual topics, it is accessible and easy to consult Each article begins with an anecdote or saying and ends with quotations from musicians, often expressing opposing views There are many books on the art of conducting, but none like this Music lovers wondering what the figure on the podium actually does, and aspiring conductors eager to learn about the art and craft of leading an orchestra, will all treasure this wise yet humorous book Christopher Seaman has been successful at both ends of the baton After four years as principal timpanist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he was appointed principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed a busy international conducting career for over forty years He is now Conductor Laureate for Life of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York, and he continues to bring great music and wise words to audiences, students, and readers around the world


15 thoughts on “Inside Conducting (0)

  1. says:

    Christopher Seaman is one of those classical conductors who has been around a long time he is 72 and who has never made a great impact but has always been there, conducting a wide variety of music and giving many concert goers great enjoyment I heard him conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1998 in the Opera House, and a fine job he made of a memorable programme In his well written book he explores many aspects of the conductor s trade, never patronising, always perceptive He assumes that his reader will know what he is talking about, even when things get technical e.g about upbeats And he constantly refers back to his own experience as a member of the LPO, many years ago but obviously still an influence on his work As a general reader with some knowledge of music I found this an ideal introduction to the conductor s art There is one rather banal chapter about practical arrangements, but the rest is highly recommendable.


  2. says:

    This is a lovely book, suitable for music lovers and musicians alike The book combines anecdotes of the author s career along with examples of conducting technique and discussion of other conductors, many of the last century.I worked with Christopher at the beginning of my own career as an orchestral player, and appreciated his down to earth, friendly, able approach Despite many years of playing myself, I was amazed at just what is involved in being a good conductor I even began to feel a little sympathy for them My only very slight criticism is that it is difficult to read the excerpts from orchestral scores on a kindle I would have been better buying the hard copy.


  3. says:

    This is an immensely readable and informative book which really demystifies the art of conducting Christopher Seaman is himself a distinguished conductor and is able to speak from long experience In non technical language, he carefully explains exactly what difference a good conductor can make to an orchestra His analysis is both erudite and illuminating, and, having accumulated numerous hilarious anecdotes about conductors, orchestras and musicians, the text is greatly enlivened by his stories and quotations I would highly recommend Inside Conducting to any concert goer.


  4. says:

    This book is very well written and covers all aspects of conducting and the required skills and mindset of anyone who wishes to lead any choir or orchestra Having delved into it and having had one day of conducting practice it has made clear to me how much hard work lies ahead.


  5. says:

    As an amateur conductor in the past, youthful ignorance got me through If I had read this, I would have been in a much better position This book is not only highly informative but really entertaining What depth and breadth of knowledge Mr Seaman displays A must read for all passionate listeners and particularly, aspiring conductors My own passion for piano accompanying will also benefit The very useful score excerpts are a bonus.


  6. says:

    The book does everything that it is supposed to in a very readable and understandable way For those who have studied and practised the art science there is a constant nodding of the head and affirmative exclamations A few new angles too.


  7. says:

    A very witty well written insight into orchestral choral conducting by a distinguished British conductor now retired after working most of his life in America Australia


  8. says:

    This is a very informative, insightful and amusing account of what orchestral conducting demands, includes and consists of It is written in the form of short chapters on specific topics, all prepared as according to a standard format, always ending with a touch of humour I learned from this book than I was ever aware that I did not know


  9. says:

    Entertaining as well as informative, this is suitable for both the cognescenti and for the musical novice It makes a great Christmas gift.


  10. says:

    First Rate Book.


  11. says:

    Like the man himself, full of wisdom, experience and humo u r There are books with greater technical verbiage zzzzz but not many that relate the human side of being a conductor so beautifullyand all mercifully concisehe never forgets that in the end, it s about making music.


  12. says:

    This is enjoyable and sometimes illuminating Seaman covers a great variety of activities associated with conducting, often of a sort not suspected by a public used to seeing conductors on the podium He covers hidden activities, such as marking parts, promotion, dealing with difficult players, and much It s easy to read and the book can be devoured in a short time.However, some of it is a bit obvious and repetitive It s fairly obvious that a conductor is going to need a good ear, for example, and we do hear about it quite a lot Some of the anecdotes are just slightly amusing, and anyone who hangs out with orchestral players as I have the good fortune to do will have heard many better ones Some of them probably need to taken with copious amounts of salt as well.Factually there are some serious disappointments It s worrying that somebody who has conducted both Handel and Mozart should believe that the music of the Baroque and Calssical periods has to be taken at a strict, regular tempo almost metronomically This is a 20th century myth unsupported by 18th century sources To suggest that Elgar sped up his music to accommodate it on 78 rpm sides shows little knowledge of recording in the shellac period What we do know about it is that somebody, the conductor or an assistant, timed the piece whenever possible in concert and marked up the side turns in accordance with the conductor s live performances This is why Elgar s recordings, like so many others, are such a valuable source for the study of period performance.That important details like this have not been researched or even seriously considered worries me in a book that is supposed to be regaling us with expert advice.However, read in conjunction with other books of its type its coverage is impressive, albeit in tiny, bite sized chapters, and the writing is engaging and conversational.


  13. says:

    When we attended concerts of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Seaman s home in recent years, we always made it a point to go to his pre concert chats because they were so informative, charming, and witty His book reflects that same personality If you ever wanted to know what a conductor actually does both on and off stage, this book will reveal all I m not a musician, don t read music, and so the occasional musical references as reflected in excerpts of scores were lost on me, but nevertheless I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves classical music Extremely entertaining and informative read.


  14. says:

    Having studied classical music myself and having once dreamed of becoming a conductor, I enjoyed this book immensily I thuroughly enjoyed the peeks inside a conductors activities I also enjoyed the series of quotes at the end of each chapter pertaining to that particular chapter topic I think the organization of the material worked well.This book is not a textbook I gather from a couple of the negative reviews that they were expecting intellectual rigor While I do think that some of the insights were educational, this book isn t likely to be assigned in conducting classes.


  15. says:

    My friend is a conductor of a symphony and I wanted to understand his role better, but was afraid of asking a stupid question So I bought this book and it is incredibly good at describing all of the parts that go into being a good conductor Very easy and fast read I am familiar with the music terms, but someone who is not could get context clues or google them while reading the book The writer is a strong musician, but I think he was blessed with writing skills, as well Recommended for jr high up.


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