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Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras

Author: SERVICE TOM
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Pub Date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571240487
Availability: Out of Stock
Quick overview How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians? From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, this title recreates great orchestral concerts as a collection of countless human and musical stories.
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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. 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 - how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.

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