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Wednesday, 20 December 2017


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A friend of mine, who is a successful composer and arranger, once told me the secret to conducting:

When the musicians stop playing, stop waving your arms.

Good advice, Malcolm!

David, "It is an age old question"?

We've been through this before, where's your memory man?

There now, remember?

That's a wonderful video, JK. Thanks. Onto the blog it goes!

Dammit, JK, I've told you before, I keep putting my memory down and forgetting where! Anyway, I absolutely do not remember that video but I am truly grateful for it, so thank you.

David, "I absolutely do not remember that video."

As it was so far back as 2014 I suppose that's a reasonable "time slippage" leastwise considerin' your advanced ... decrepitude knowledge of so much erraticism I suppose that can be overlooked.

Here's how you thanked me then:

"Thanks, JK, I'm sure I've seen that before but it was worth a second look."

The third time David I'm informed, is the charm.

Merry Christmas David. All Y'all Merry Christmas!

Interesting article. Glad to see it emphasises the importance of rehearsal and preparation. The BBC show Maestro really annoyed me as it seemed to indicate that anyone could conduct with the minimum of preparation. One conductor (I forget who - this forgetfulness is contagious) tested his students by requiring them to conduct without a score a work they had been studying and would ask searching questions out of the blue during it.

JK, I have no need for a memory when I have you! Incidentally, I see that it was during that exchange that I promoted you to Head Archivist! Christmas good wishes to you, too, but keep the hell away from Barney Magroo otherwise you might not wake up until Easter!

Thanks for both the article and video. Another way to see a conductor is as analogous to the coach of a sports team. Muti also showed his great sense of humor when, as director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he wrote and performed an orchestral version of Chicago's ice hockey team's goal theme:

It’s always said that Bernstein’s jump to fame came when he was a last minute stand-in for the conductor he assisted. I always wondered what that meant. Did he really do anything? Supposedly the papers were filled with remarks about “his genius”. Surely that was the main conductors genius on show.


Actually, it was back in 2010 you appointed me to the office.

(By the way - I hope - you notice I've closed my italics?!!!
No requirement a'tall fer you to go spreading malicious aspersions such as you did above to my friend Malcolm. None whatsoever.

Dom takes care of that sure enough!)


Yeah sure of course David you'll be pointing out, I did no such thing JK as toward my little error "directing" [get it? apropo of this post in case you further accuse me of being "off-topic" again.

Mustn't fool around with the ol' Chief Archivist mustn't we David?

Eh, Bob?

That'ern was a fair hoot! Altho I'll admit to bein' a little loath to watch the thing in the first place ... hockey for one, Chicago just generally bein' t'other.

In'trestin' though as I say if only because, well, watchin' Muti carryin' on "as a conductor" - arms on the podium, lookin' back at the audience - pert near made conclusive as he'd said to teach that pole-eese feller back in Eyetalya.

JK, maybe you'll admit Chicago isn't either Sodom or Gomorrah? I don't care for hockey either, especially the "ice" part. That's why I'm living 150 miles south nowadays.

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