The Silent Musician

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

About the Book

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 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.
“An illuminating account of what it means to be [a conductor], how it feels, what’s required and why it’s a misunderstood job that has the potential to enrich and terrify in equal measure . . . Fascinating.”
- BBC Music Magazine
“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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