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Music as Alchemy

Tom Service

Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras, by Tom Service, is an essential exploration of the art of conducting, for any fan of serious classical music.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571240487
Date Published
04.09.2014
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Summary

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.

Tom Service

Tom Service writes and presents The Listening Service on BBC Radio 3, and has presented Music Matters since 2003. He is a regular presenter of the BBC Proms on TV, as well as films on composers from Handel to Saariaho. His previous books about music, also published by Faber, are Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras,…

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