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* 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.
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.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in the mind of that person on a rostrum waving a white stick at up to 100 musicians, Mark Wigglesworth’s The Silent Musician is the book for you. But, more than that, it’s also rich in musical insights and phrased with wit and elegance. Need I say more?
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