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  Boy, it's been a while since I discussed conductors! When I used to be an orchestra player that was always conversation numero uno. Orchestra players love to huddle and complain about the conductor. And very often they are right in their assessments.

I watched this video of Sue Perkins:

I don't know how representative this is but I would not have been happy in that orchestra. In my (not so) humble opinion she is too dictatorial. She seems to feel that it is her role to "show" the orchestra how to play every phrase. I attribute it perhaps to nerves or inexperience. I see the role of the conductor as more like a train conductor. The train conductor does not tell the train how to go, he just makes sure that it can do what it was meant to do with the fewest impediments.

The best conductors help the orchestra members express themselves. The truly great conductor should hardly be noticed, yet such a conductor is ever more indispensable. It's like a good lover. The good lover does not dictate to his partner. His job is to help his partner bring out her fullest potential.
  Author: Von Cello
Eintrag from 19.09.2008
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