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The Silent Musician

The Silent Musician

ISBN
9780571337910
Published
05/09/2019
9780571337910
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
272

About the Book

* A Financial Times Book of the Year *

‘What does a conductor do? It may be a favourite joke among the musicians in an orchestra, but Wigglesworth wants to find a more thoughtful answer. Avoiding jargon, he analyses what he has discovered during 30 years in the job.’ Financial Times, Books of the Year

A conductor is one of classical music’s most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:

‘Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you? ‘

‘Do you really make any difference to the performance?’

‘Are the musicians even watching you?’

The Silent Musician is not a manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do, and why they matter.

* A Financial Times Book of the Year *‘What does a conductor do? It may be a favourite joke among the musicians in an orchestra, but Wigglesworth wants to find a more thoughtful answer. Avoiding jargon, he analyses what he has discovered during 30 years in the job.’ Financial Times, Books of the Year A conductor is one of classical music’s most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:‘Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you? ‘‘Do you really make any difference to the performance?’‘Are the musicians even watching you?’The Silent Musician is not a manual for conductors, nor a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do, and why they matter.
“What does a conductor do? It may be a favourite joke among the musicians in an orchestra, but Wigglesworth wants to find a more thoughtful answer. Avoiding jargon, he analyses what he has discovered during thirty years in the job.”
- Financial Times Books of the Year
“Invaluable . . . [Wigglesworth] writes, with immense insight, in often rather beautiful prose . . . It is not merely a very clever book, revealing a depth of learning lightly displayed, but a very wise one, whose appeal moves beyond the world of music.”
- MusicWeb International

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